The Rockies Today, Oct. 23



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Alberta First Nation to argue Shell's Jackpine mine violates treaty
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, with support from conservation groups and human rights organizations, will take its case against Shell Canada's expansion of its Jackpine oilsands mine to the Energy Resources Conservation Board and Joint Environmental Review Panel, and argue that the Alberta oilsands mine threatens the band's traditional territory and thus violates its treaty rights.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 23

Low prices force Enbridge to suspend work on B.C. natural-gas project
Enbridge Inc. announced it would halt work on Phase I of its $1.5-billion Cabin gas processing plant project in northeastern B.C. until prices improve.
Calgary Herald; Oct. 23

Conservation groups win appeal on Wyoming-Oregon pipeline
A decision issued Monday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management to take additional steps to protect a slate of endangered fish from detrimental effects of the 700-mile Ruby pipeline that carries natural gas from Wyoming west through Utah and Nevada into southern Oregon.
Denver Post (AP); Oct. 23

Megaload makes its way through Idaho on its way to Montana, Alberta
The piece of water purification equipment that is on the move from Idaho, scheduled to arrive in Montana late Sunday, is headed for Alberta, will take the same route and is the same size as the megaloads banned by a Montana state district court judge earlier this year.
Missoulian; Oct. 23

Colorado gets 271 bids on replacing fleet vehicles
Colorado has $21 million budgeted to replace 585 state vehicles with models that run on a fuel other than gasoline, and among the options officials took for a test drive was the Chinese-made Build Your Dreams E6 that can run for 186 miles on a single charge — but costs $63,000 per car.
Denver Post; Oct. 23

Groups ask Utah agency to revisit refinery expansion approval
In the first step required before filing a lawsuit, the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club and Utah Moms for Clean Air have asked the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Director Amanda Smith to overturn two permits needed by the Tesoro refinery to upgrade to process black and yellow waxy crude oil found in Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 23

USFS extends comment period on oil,gas plan for Colorado forest
The White River National Forest will take public comment on its proposal to update the Colorado forest's oil and gas leasing plan through Nov. 30.
Aspen Times (Post Independent); Oct. 23

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