Rockies Today, May 13



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Utility: Consumer Counsel’s stance a deal-breaker for Montana dam buy
NorthWestern Energy officials said that, should the Montana Public Service Commission adopt the recommendations on how the purchase price of 11 hydroelectric dams be charged to ratepayers, the utility will walk away from the proposed deal with PPL Montana.
Helena Independent Record (Lee State Bureau); May 13

Alberta oil's path to foreign markets tangled by opposition
While the Keystone XL pipeline needed to move oil from Alberta's oilsands operations south to refineries on the Gulf Coast of the United States remains in limbo, oil producers are pressing forward with other pipeline projects to move that oil east, south and west, but those plans have met considerable opposition in British Columbia.
New York Times; May 13

B.C. seeks more info from Kinder Morgan on oil spill prevention, response
After reviewing Kinder Morgan's application to the National Energy Board to double the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline that carries Alberta crude west through British Columbia, the province submitted 70 requests for more information on how the company plans to prevent oil spills and how it would respond to such spills, both on land and at sea.
Vancouver Sun (Canadian Press); May 13

Colorado governor sign 3 wildfire-related bills into law
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that adds two firefighting airplanes and four helicopters to the state's wildfire arsenal, while another grants a state agency the authority to make loans to communities for wildfire mitigation work.
Boulder Daily Camera (Denver Post); May 13

Survey finds families majority of homeless in Colorado city's suburbs
In the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative's point-in-time survey of homeless in 2013 in the seven counties that make up the Colorado city's metro area, families make up the majority of homeless in those counties.
Denver Post; May 13

Sandpoint applies to take Idahoans' solar-road panels for a test drive
Solar-power panels made of 1-inch super strong glass embedded with LED lights developed by Sagle residents Scott and Julie Brusaw keep roadways free of ice and snow, and Sandpoint applied for a Federal Highway Administration grant for a test installation in the Idaho community's downtown.
Idaho Statesman (Spokane Spokesman-Review); May 13

Report tracks changing needs of Idaho employers
The report "Educated Workforce: The Lifeblood of Idaho Business," recently released provides details about needs of employers in the future in the Gem State, with computer science/technology, business and economics, engineering, health science and communications degrees the top five degrees in demand by 2018.
Twin Falls Times-News; May 13

Chevron Pipe Line to pay $875K in fines for 2 Utah spills
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it had settled claims with Chevron Pipe Line for the June, 2010, spill of 800 barrels of oil into Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City and the March, 2013, spill of diesel fuel in a creek on Willard Bay State Park lands in Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 13

Utah celebrates becoming a better state for bicycling
At kickoff ceremonies for Utah's fourth annual Road Respect tour designed to make the Beehive State safer for bicyclists, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox noted that the state had increased its standing in bicycle-friendly states from 31st three years ago to eighth this year.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 13

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