Rockies Today, March 4



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Utah's decision to pay to keep national parks open last fall paid off
Gov. Gary Herbert said that the Interior Department report released Monday showed that for every dollar Utah spent to keep national parks open during last October's federal government shutdown $10 was returned to the state's economy by park visitors.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 4

Enbridge to spend $7B to replace Alberta-Wisconsin oil pipeline
The replacement of Line 3 of Enbridge's pipeline system that moves oil between Edmonton in Alberta and Superior, Wisc., will nearly double the capacity of the existing pipeline, and won't require U.S. State Department approval since the project is replacing an existing pipeline.
Toronto Globe and Mail; March 4

WorkSafeBC issues workstop orders at 11 sawmills
After two deadly, dust-fueled explosions at sawmills in British Columbia two years ago stepped up inspections at sawmills, the Vancouver Sun has found that WorkSafeBC has issued 13 stop-work orders during inspections between November 2013 and January 2014, with Canfor, Tolko, Weyerhaeuser and Western Forest Products among the companies forced to shut down production due to safety violations.
Vancouver Sun; March 4

Domestic oil, gas boom drives a refinery revival in the U.S.
The boom in cheap domestic oil and natural gas has major companies expanding their refineries in Utah, Texas and other states, and small companies are restarting long-shuttered "teapot" refineries to tap into the new golden age of refining in the United States.
New York Times; March 4

Avalanche danger closes I-90 in Montana from St. Regis to Lookout Pass
Concerns about the stability of hillsides along Interstate 90 from Lookout Pass east into Montana prompted the Montana Department of Transportation to temporarily close both eastbound and westbound lanes of the Interstate on Monday.
Missoulian; March 4

U.S. refiners push back on EPA's Tier 3 auto emissions standards
While auto manufacturers generally supported new standards for cleaner-burning engines and gasoline, refiners said that the new rules for gasoline will require billions of dollars of upgrades that won't translate into a significant benefit.
Christian Science Monitor; March 4

Tribes in California, other states clash over new casinos
Casino-operating tribes in California and other states are main opponents to casinos proposed by other tribes on lands off their reservation, and nowhere in the U.S. is this more evident than in California.
New York Times; March 4

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