Rockies Today, Feb. 19



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Plan to help Montana communities deal with oil boom moves forward
Montana lawmakers believe legislation that would provide funds to communities dealing with the oil boom will get approved by the Legislature, although a plan has yet to be introduced, but legislation proposed by Sen. Christine Kaufmann to remove the tax "holiday" for oil and gas operators during the first year a well is producing, has much less support.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 17

Alberta lawmaker says precedent exists to impose limits on oilsands
Just seven years ago, mercury contamination in Alberta's lakes was traced back to coal-burning power plants and new regulations were put in place to limit such emissions, and now that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons have been found near Alberta's oilsands operations and linked to those operations, there is a call for the province to impose new regulations on that industry.
Edmonton Journal; Feb. 16

Canada chided for not releasing data on Alberta oilsands monitoring
A year ago, Canada and Alberta rolled out a comprehensive, three-year plan for monitoring oilsands operations in the province with the promise to make information gleaned from such monitoring available to the public, but no such report has yet been released.
Calgary Herald (CP); Feb. 17

Miners back on the job at Hecla's Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho
The Lucky Friday Mine owned by Hecla Mining Co. was shut down by federal regulators a year ago after seven miners were trapped in the Idaho mine in December of 2011, and Hecla spent the past year and nearly $30 million rehabilitating the silver mine, which reopened this week.; Feb. 19

Washington company would use cyanide to mine gold in Utah
Seattle-based Desert Hawk Corp.'s proposed Kiewit Mine Project in Utah's Clifton-Gold Hill Mining District would be an open-pit mine that uses a cyanide process to pull silver and gold from the ore.
Deseret News; Feb. 18

Colorado House sends four gun bills to the Senate
On Monday, the Colorado House approved measures that would limit magazine capacity on guns, require background checks on all gun deals and require purchases of guns to pay a fee to fund those background checks, and ban concealed weapons on college campuses.
Denver Post; Feb. 19

BLM completes wild horse gather in Utah
Bureau of Land Management officials said no horses were hurt during the roundup of horses from the Swasey herd in Utah's west desert that was completed last week, and about 100 of the 257 horses were returned to the range after the females had been treated with a two-year contraceptive.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 19

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