The Rockies Today, Sept. 6



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Poll finds strong support for bison restoration in Montana
A poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and the Wildlife Conservation Society found that 68 percent of the 400 registered voters surveyed in Montana in June supported restoring wild bison on federal or state lands.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 6

Canada proceeds with plan to privatize hot springs in Alberta, B.C. parks
To deal with declining budgets, Parks Canada is going ahead with its plans to turn operations of the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs in Banff and Jasper national parks in Alberta and Radium, B.C.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 6

Farmers, energy companies compete for water in Colorado
As drought grips much of the nation, including Colorado, water is becoming a more scarce commodity at a time when demands on the state's water increases as energy companies need millions of gallons of water to drill wells using a method known as hydraulic fracturing, and at this spring's auction of surplus water, water haulers who supply the drillers with water, outbid farmers.
New York Times; Sept. 6

Challengers of Utah lease withdrawals lose appeal
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision Wednesday affirming an earlier ruling that Utah's Uintah and Duchesne counties, along with Impact Energy Resources, Peak Royalty Holdings and Questar Exploration and Production, waited too long to sue Interior Secretary Ken Salazar over his decision to withdraw 77 energy leases in Utah from auction.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 6

Royal Dutch Shell to build carbon sequestration facility in Alberta
Canada and Alberta are heavily subsidizing Royal Dutch Shell's Quest project, the first ever carbon capture and storage project launched in the oilsands region.
New York Times; Sept. 6

Alberta unions continue to hammer Enbridge on economics of pipeline
On Wednesday, Enbridge economists were again questioned by Alberta labor unions about their predictions that the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline would bring $300 billion in economic benefits.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 6

Chinese company to design Texas firm's coal-to-liquids plant in Wyoming
Texas-based DKRW Advanced Fuels announced last week that it had signed a contract with China-based Sinopec Engineering Group to build the proposed coal-to-liquids plant in Wyoming's Carbon County, and that DRKW continues to work on rounding up the necessary cash to move forward.
Laramie Boomerang (AP); Sept. 6

Idaho biologists link death of whitefish to parasite
The death of dozens of whitefish in rivers and streams in the Snake River watershed in Idaho is due to warmer water that allowed the parasite Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae to thrive and kill younger whitefish.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 6

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