Rockies Today, Jan. 11



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Montana FWP adopts policy on brucellosis, elk
At the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission's meeting on Helena, commissioners heard from many stakeholders, who voiced a wide array of opinions on the state's plan to address brucellosis in elk, which was approved unanimously by the commission.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 11

Opponents of proposed rail line to Montana coal fields seek larger review
The Tongue River Railroad has been proposed to carry up a daily average of 7.4 full and empty coal trains from a proposed strip mine near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana to existing rail lines, but opponents of the project said there are additional coal mines planned in the area and that the number of trains would exceed the number proposed.
Billings Gazette; Jan. 11

Outgoing Montana governor signs off on remediation plans
On Jan. 3., Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer signed off on two remediation plans that allocate the remaining $100 million in settlement funds from the Atlantic Richfield Co. for environmental damage, including $32 million for work under the Butte Area One Final Restoration plan.
Montana Standard; Jan. 11

Kinder Morgan proposes nearly tripling capacity of Alberta-B.C. pipeline
On Thursday, Kinder Morgan Canada released a list of oil producers in Alberta who had committed to shipping their product via the 60-year-old Trans Mountain XL pipeline to support the company's proposal to increase the capacity of the pipeline that runs from Edmonton to Vancouver, B.C. and Washington State from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 bpd.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 11

Parks Canada's plan to privatize hotsprings in Alberta, B.C. moves forward
Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff National Park and Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park in Alberta and Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park in British Columbia will all be transferred to private operators under Parks Canada's plan.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 11

USFWS proposes listing of Gunnison sage grouse as endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to publish today a notice that the Gunnison sage grouse is endangered and proposing that 1.7 million acres in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah be set aside as habitat for the species; the publication will open a 60-day comment period on the proposal.
Denver Post; Jan. 11

EPA again expands time limit for Wyoming groundwater investigation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it would extend, for the third time, the public comment period on the federal agency's investigation of groundwater contamination in the Pavillion-area of Wyoming, angering not only the energy operators in the region, but also the landowners who have claimed that drilling operations have contaminated their wells.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 11

Protesters decry Utah governor's energy summit's focus on fossil fuels
On Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert welcomed about 1,400 attendees to his annual Energy Development Summit, where state leaders announced the state was open for business and celebrated the report that energy production is at a 24-year high and growing, while outside 150 or so protesters criticized the forum for being too focused on coal and oil.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 11

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