Rockies Today, April 1



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California utility says Montana wind farm concealed eagle-takings issue
In documents filed in a California state court lawsuit, San Diego Gas & Electric said that NaturEner fraudulently concealed that the subsidiary of a Spanish company that is building the RimRock wind farm in Montana was advised to get a takings permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deal with any eagle deaths at the wind farm, a charge NaturEner officials denied and they said the eagle-takings claim was just another attempt for the California utility to get out of its contract.
Great Falls Tribune; April 1

Montana seeks proposals to take 135 head of Yellowstone bison
The 135 bison from Yellowstone National Park are descendants from the 88 bison transferred from holding facilities near the park to Ted Turner's Green Ranch in 2010, and now Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking proposals from tribes, groups and agencies to provide range for the disease-free bison to roam.
Billings Gazette; April 1

Montana talk tonight on decline of wild bison genes
Tonight at the Montana Wild facility in Helena, Jim Bailey, former wildlife biology professor at Colorado State University, and author of the new book "American Plains Bison: Rewilding an Icon," will discuss how management of bison have affected the genetic makeup of "wild" bison.
Helena Independent Record; April 1

U.S.: Foot-dragging by oil industry slows train safety measures
Department of Transportation officials said Friday that only a handful of companies had provided the characteristics of oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana requested to provide the rail industry information on the labeling and handling of the oil, a charge the American Petroleum Industry denied.
Flathead Beacon (AP); March 28

Utah officials said fissures in Cedar Valley due to overpumping of aquifer
A report just released by the Utah Geological Survey said that the ground in the Cedar Valley has been sinking for decades, and that the overpumping of the aquifer was to blame for 8 miles of earth fissures in a 100-square-mile area of the valley.
Deseret News; April 1

Supervisor of Wyoming's oil, gas commission resigns
Grant Black served as supervisor of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission since May last year, but on Monday, the commission met briefly to accept his resignation, putting the oversight board back in the hunt for a supervisor for the third time in two years.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 31

Alberta renewable-energy strategy may not make 2014 deadline
Despite previous claims that Alberta planned to have a renewable-energy plan in place by this year, officials of the Canadian province now say there's no deadline to have such a strategy in place.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); April 1

Environmental groups challenge EPA's plan to reduce haze in Wyoming
Just days after Wyoming challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional plan to reduce haze for being too restrictive, environmental groups filed a lawsuit, also in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, alleging that the plan doesn't go far enough to curb emissions from coal-fired power plants in the Cowboy State.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 1

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