Rockies Today, Nov. 8



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Panel supports removal of ESA protections for Yellowstone grizzlies
At its meeting on Thursday in Bozeman, the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee voted 10-4 to accept the findings that a decline in whitebark pine forests had not had a detrimental effect on grizzly bear numbers, and recommended that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service take steps to remove federal endangered species protections for the bears.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Nov. 8

Female grizzly shot, killed in Montana, 2 of 3 cubs captured
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking information on who shot and killed a female grizzly bear near Ovando in early November, and are also asking area residents to be on the watch for the sow's third cub, which MWP personnel were unable to catch. The other two cubs will be sent to Bronx Zoo.
Helena Independent Record (AP); Nov. 8

Wind farm in Montana uses radar to curb raptor deaths
NaturEner USA, the owner of the Rim Rock Wind Facility, Montana's largest wind farm, says the radar-detection and human-monitoring systems on the 126-turbine wind farm allows the control center in California to shut down turbines in less than 30 seconds to prevent a collision with raptors.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 8

Vestas announces it will add hundreds of jobs at 3 Colorado plants
An increase in orders was cited by Vestas officials for the hiring spree it intends to launch for its three plants in Colorado, where hundreds of new positions will be added.
Denver Post; Nov. 7

Federal gov't settles Idaho wildfire ignition case for $168K
The federal government announced it had settled a claim arising out of a 2012 wildfire in Idaho ignited by an Illinois man shooting exploding targets on private land that quickly spread to federal land.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Nov. 8

Wyoming's new regs on energy operations' emissions in effect
On Nov. 1, Wyoming's regulations aimed at reducing ozone levels in the Pinedale area took effect, with both environmental groups and the energy industry lauding the new rules, with the former saying it was time for the state to take such steps, and the latter indicating that their operations were already in compliance with the new rules.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 8

Company confident bitumen leak in Alberta 'totally solvable'
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. President Steve Laut told investors that the company had a handle on the source of the bitumen leaks at its Primrose oilsands project and that cleanup of the problem was 80 percent complete, although it appears the Alberta Energy Regulator does not share the company's confidence on the source of the leaks.
Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press); Nov. 8

Experts say Colorado 'fracking bans' indicate significant shift
FracTracker says that an estimated 100 municipalities have enacted measures that ban or limit the use of hydraulic fracturing, but experts said this week's vote in Colorado, where three communities enacted bans or moratoriums on the drilling method, is significant because of Colorado's long history of general support of oil and gas operations.
New York Times; Nov. 8

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