Montana FWP to consider restrictions on wolf trapping near Yellowstone
At the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting today, commissioners will consider putting new restrictions on trapping around Yellowstone National Park, after seven of the park's 88 wolves were killed outside the park during hunting seasons in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
Ravalli Republic (AP); Dec. 10
Western Governors Association at work on 10-year energy plan
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is leading the work done by the Western Governors Association to prepare an energy strategy for the 19-member states of the organization.
Durango Herald (AP); Dec. 10
Canada approves CNOOC's acquisition of Nexen, with conditions
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada would allow Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC to buy Canadian energy company Nexen, but the deal comes with a reciprocity requirement and a prohibition against foreign companies owning key assets, such as oilsands. An analysis.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Dec. 10
Data: Oil spills reaching groundwater in Colorado
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will begin work on proposed groundwater monitoring around gas and oil operations today, and data released by the state indicate that, in the 2,078 oil and gas spills reported over the last five years, 17 percent have contaminated groundwater, and in Weld County, 40 percent of spills reach groundwater.
Boulder Daily Camera (Denver Post); Dec. 10
Federal government releases draft national wildfire strategy
The 2009 FLAME Act put a study on wildland fires and developing a strategy to address those fires on path, and public comment opens on the draft plan which strives to do three things: suppress fire, restore fire-adapted landscapes and protect communities.
Missoulian; Dec. 10
Pipeline proposal a sign about rising concerns over Colorado River water
Water experts said that the fact that the Bureau of Reclamation even included a proposal about building a water pipeline from Kansas to Colorado to carry Missouri River water west is an indication about how seriously over-allocated the Colorado River is.
New York Times; Dec. 10
Idaho groundwater districts buy fish farms to protect water rights
The North Snake, Magic Valley, Bingham, and American Falls groundwater districts in Idaho spent $30 million to buy three fish farms, and while the deal came with a high cost, the districts said it was worth it to protect from future water calls.
Twin Falls Times-News; Dec. 10
Hunter kills alpha female of Yellowstone Park's Lamar Pack
Wyoming wildlife officials said that a female wolf known as 832F to researchers, the oft-photographed alpha female of the Lamar Canyon Pack in Yellowstone National Park, was shot and killed by a wolf outside the park on Thursday.
New York Times; Dec. 10
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