Rockies Today, Sept. 23



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Montana tribe joins coal fight
Members of the Lummi Nation in Washington state traveled to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana last week, to take part in ceremonies to fight the development of coal resources in Montana.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 23

U. of Utah researcher says swarm of Yellowstone Park earthquakes 'unusual'
While Yellowstone National Park experiences a fair amount of seismic activity, three recent simultaneous swarms in the park were categorized as "remarkable," by Bob Smith, a University of Utah geophysics professor.
Idaho Statesman (Jackson Hole News & Guide); Sept. 23

BNSF spends billions on upgrades to accommodate Bakken oil shipments
At a speech last week, BNSF CEO Matt Rose told attendees at the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting that the railroad company will spend $4.3 billion in 2013 to improve its infrastructure and has plans to spend $400 million to expand its capacity to ship Bakken oil by rail.
Sacramento Bee (AP); Sept. 18

CN Rail, Nexen propose shipping oil by rail from Alberta to B.C. coast
Information obtained by Greenpeace indicate CN Rail is proposing shipping oil by rail from Alberta to Prince Rupert, B.C. as an alternative to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which has encountered considerable opposition in B.C.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); Sept. 23

Idaho Power adopts wait-and-see policy on coal-fired power plants
The new emissions rule released Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency applies only to new coal- and gas-fired power plants, and Idaho Power officials said they'll wait to see what the EPA is planning for existing coal-fired power plants before they make any decisions on the utility's plants in Wyoming and Nevada.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 23

Colorado reports 11 oil, gas spills related to flooding
As of Sept. 23, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission listed 11 oil spills, and its aerial survey has found two dozen overturned tanks.
Denver Post; Sept. 23

Hundreds of dams in Colorado to be inspected
Following historic flooding, Colorado is launching emergency inspections of 200 high-risk dams in the state over a 10-day period.
Denver Post; Sept. 23

Trial begins today in dispute over Utah nuclear power plant
Utah's first nuclear power plant will be on trial this week in a state district court lawsuit filed by opponents to the proposed plant, and among the issues to be aired during the trial is the amount of water needed to run the plant.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 23

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