Rockies Today, Nov. 13



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IEA forecast says oilshale boom to end by mid-2020's
The International Energy Agency released a report that said light oil from shale from the United States and other areas in the world will only provide a temporary respite from international reliance on oil from the Middle East, and that by the mid-2020's, the effects of oilshale on the global market will have waned, a prediction that echoes that of the U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration.
New York Times; Nov. 13

Montana co-ops seek change to state's proposed sage-grouse plan
The Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association would like the state's proposed sage grouse conservation plan, which would prohibit surface occupancy within one mile of active leks, amended to allow transmission lines within 0.6 miles of the areas where male sage grouse court mates.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 13

BLM puts two routes of Wyoming-Idaho transmission line on hold
On Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management approved segments 1 through 7 and segment 10 of the proposed Gateway West Transmission Project that will run from Wyoming to western Idaho, but two controversial segments in Kuna and Owyhee County were put on indefinite hold.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 13

Idaho landowners says they'll fight Gateway West route through Cassia County
On Tuesday, the Obama administration approved eight of the 10 segments of the Gateway West Transmission Project that will stretch from Glenrock, Wyo., to Melba, Idaho, including the route through Idaho's Cassia County, a route that affected landowners said they will fight.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 13

Wyoming OKs new rule requiring oil, gas companies to do water tests
On Tuesday, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved a new rule that will take effect March 1, which will require oil and gas companies to conduct a series of tests on nearby water resources, with the first test required before drilling commences, a second test 36 36 to 48 months after drilling and a third test at least 24 months after the second test.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 13

Another spill reported at defunct uranium mill in Colorado
The third spill reported in three years at Cotter Corp.'s defunct uranium mill in Colorado is the largest yet, with reports of the Nov. 5 pegging the release of water tainted with uranium and molybdenum at somewhere between 4,000 and 9,000 gallons.
Denver Post; Nov. 13

Idaho manure company has shot at Super Bowl ad spot
Three Idaho men turned unemployment and acres of manure from a bankrupt dairy farm into a small business that processes the poop into a fine fertilizer easy to spread using hand-operated compost spreaders, and now Nampa-based Poop - Natural Dairy Compost, is among four finalists for a free 30-second ad during the Feb. 2 Super Bowl.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 13

Amtrak's stalled negotiations with BNSF could end Kansas, N.M. run
The operating agreement Amtrak has with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway that covers stretches of Amtrak's Southwest Chief route through New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas expires in 2016, and BNSF has said it's not interested in footing the bill to update portions of track to handle higher speed traffic, prompting Amtrak to ask those states' legislatures to consider a cost-sharing program to fund the updates.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Nov. 13

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