Rockies Today, March 13




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Montana board pegs value of Beartooth Highway to Montana's economy
On Tuesday, the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana released results of its study on the revenue generated by tourists driving across the Beartooth All-American Road to the local economy, with the study finding that tourism provided 176 jobs and generated $13.6 million in spending from nonresident visitors to Red Lodge and Carbon County.
Billings Gazette; March 13

Wyoming board approves Encana's request to inject wastewater into aquifer
Despite a recommendation from the two state geologists on the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that Encana not be allowed to inject wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations into the Madison aquifer, the board voted Tuesday to allow the company to do so.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 13

Alberta green lights program to use artificial lakes to clean oilsands
Although the technology has not yet been tested on a commercial scale, Alberta has approved Syncrude's plan to create an artificial lake atop a holding pond of oilsands sludge, then cap the lake with 16 feet of fresh water, and allow naturally occurring bacteria to clean up the sludge.
Edmonton Journal; March 13

ERCB increases deposits required for oil, gas well cleanup in Alberta
The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board announced Tuesday that it was increasing the fund for damage deposits from oil and gas operators in the province from the $13 million from 88 Alberta companies to $297 million from 248 companies as of May 1, and that companies will be given three years to pay into the fund.
Calgary Herald; March 13

Wyoming governor says state will plow Yellowstone Park roads
On Tuesday, Gov. Matt Mead said the Wyoming Department of Transportation will plow the roads in Yellowstone National Park, and told communities adjacent to the park to begin raising money to pay for the plowing.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 13

Canada says it will take beef with U.S. over meat labeling to WTO
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new proposed rules on labeling of meat that expands information required on where the meat animal was born, raised and slaughtered, a requirement Canadian officials said only exacerbates its problem with the U.S. program.
Calgary Herald; March 13

Denver-based American Indian College Fund to handle Cobell scholarships
The U.S. Interior Department announced Tuesday that the American Indian College Fund based in Colorado will administer the $60-million scholarship fund that is part of the $3.4-billion settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by Elouise Cobell against the federal government for mismanagement of tribal assets.
Denver Post (AP); March 13

Ballot initiative aimed at magazine limits launches in Colorado
Although a bill that bans the manufacture and sale of gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds has yet to receive final approval before the Colorado House, a measure Gov. John Hickenlooper said he will sign, two Littleton men have already begun the process of getting an initiative to repeal the measure on the ballot this fall.
Denver Post; March 13

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