The Rockies Today, Sept. 5



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BNSF can now ship 1 million barrels of oil from Montana, N.D. daily
In a press release Tuesday, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway announced it had the capacity to move 1 million barrels of shale oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana each day, although the announcement contained no information about the routes that oil would take.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 5

Economics take center stage at Alberta hearing on Northen Gateway pipeline
At the federal Joint Review Panel hearings on the Northern Gateway pipeline project, Enbridge's economic experts responded to Alberta labor unions' questions on how the export of Alberta bitumen to China rather than upgrading and refining it in Canada would effect the economy.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 4

BLM approves 24-mile transmission line project in Wyoming
The Bureau of Land Management released its finding of no significant environmental impact on a proposed 24-mile transmission line project to the Pinedale Anticline oil and gas field in Wyoming on Tuesday.
Denver Post (AP); Sept. 5

Utah agencies acknowledge much unknown about aftermath of refinery blast
Residents of Woods Cross whose property was contaminated by oil from Holly Frontier Corp.'s refinery explosion won't know what caused the explosion and any lingering environmental effects the oil will have on their property for at least another week, and the various Utah agencies that share responsibility for oversight of the half-dozen refineries in the Salt Lake area and environmental effects of incidents such as last week's explosion didn't have a clear answer for residents about just who was in charge.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 5

Power outage shuts down operations at Wyoming refinery
The Sinclair refinery at Evansville was forced to shut down operations after a power outage on Sunday, the second time in three weeks a power outage forced a Sinclair refinery in Wyoming to shut down.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 5

Idaho wildfire moves closer to Dixie
On Tuesday, winds drove the McGuire Fire Complex closer to Dixie, and fire officials urged residents of the Idaho community to evacuate.
Idaho Statesman (Lewiston Tribune); Sept. 5

N.Y. firm to expand its holdings in Wyoming natural gas field
Warren Resources Inc., a New York-based company that already owns holdings in Wyoming's Washakie Basin, announced it was buying Andarko's Atlantic Rim natural gas project in that basin.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 5

Company on the prowl for manufacturing site in Montana
Missoula is one of the Montana cities an international company is investigating for its future site to fabricate modules for Alberta's oil fields, and the local Job Service is collecting resumes for the hundreds of positions that include welders, pipefitters, boilermakers, and workers with metal fabrication skills.
Missoulian; Sept. 2

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