Rockies Today, Aug. 7



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Montana cabin owners applaud Sen. Tester's bill on cabin lease fees
Fees for cabin leases on U.S. Forest Service lands near Seeley Lake have increased more than $10,000 this year, and Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced the "Cabin Fee Act" on July 23, which would cap annual increases for such leases at $5,000 and set minimum increases at $500 annually.
Billings Gazette; Aug. 7

Montana to issue permit for megaloads today
The Montana Department of Transportation will issue a permit to Omega Morgan to transport two, oversized loads of water-treatment equipment from Lolo Pass along Highway 12, up Reserve Street through Missoula and then to Highway 200 over Rogers Pass.
Missoulian; Aug. 7

GE announces it will not build solar-panel factory in Colorado
The General Electric Co. announced that it was abandoning its plans to build a solar-panel factory in Aurora that would have brought 350 jobs to the Colorado city, and that it was also closing the Arvada research center where the technology to be used in the Aurora plant was developed, putting 50 people there out of work.
Denver Post; Aug. 7

Alberta, Texas companies team up to build oil-by-rail terminal in Hardisty
Alberta-based Gibson Energy and Texas-based U.S. Development Group have announced they will build an oil-by-rail terminal in Hardisty, and has commitments from four shippers to send a total of 100,000 barrels per day out from the terminal beginning in March of 2014.
Edmonton Journal; Aug. 7

Colorado senator, representative team up on bill to clean up mines
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and his Colorado colleague U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton have introduced companion "Good Samaritan" bills, which would allow third parties to clean up mines without incurring liability under the federal Clean Water Act.
Durango Herald; Aug. 7

Groups submit "Blueprint for Balance" on federal lands to President Obama
In their "Blueprint for Balance," environmental groups are urging President Barack Obama to put conservation of public lands on the same footing as energy development.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 7

Alberta Energy Regulator approves Athabasca Oil's Dover oil sands project
Athabasca Oil executives said approval of its Dover oilsands project in Northern Alberta will set plans in motion to sell its 40 percent stake in the operation to PetroChina.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Aug. 7

Megaload continues trek through Idaho
Despite a second night of protests, the massive piece of equipment that begin its trek through Idaho on Highway 12 on Monday night, continued on its way late Tuesday night.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Aug. 7

Ranchers in SW Alberta have slightly different takes on grizzly bears
Charlie Russell, who has been dubbed the Jane Goodall of Canada for his work in studying grizzly bears, said he believes that conflicts with grizzly bears on ranches in southwestern Alberta could be eliminated just by removing problem bears, and that there is no need for a grizzly bear hunt, while his neighbor, who also agrees that targeting problem bears would be a solution, supports a limited hunt of the bears.
Calgary Herald;
Aug. 7

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