Rockies Today, June 9



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Mixed views on work Wyoming will need to do to reduce carbon emissions
The head of Wyoming's Public Service Commission said he's not sure how Wyoming will meet the federal mandate that the Cowboy State reduce its carbon emissions by 19 percent by 2030, while the head of a left-leaning think tank said the state has a less onerous path than its neighbors, all of which have higher goals to reach.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 9

Colorado governor signs bill creating banking system for marijuana businesses
Banks have rejected working with marijuana businesses because they're fearful of breaching federal laws, and on Friday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that will create a cooperative banking system for marijuana businesses, although the plan must still be approved by the Federal Reserve.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); June 9

Crews battle 5,000-acre wildfire on Dugway Proving Ground in Utah
Unexploded ordnance on the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah complicated work to contain a 5,000-acre wildfire on the remote desert base.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 9

Wyoming, N.M. senators seek extension of funding for oil, gas permitting program
Last week, Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso and New Mexico U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduced legislation that would extend funding for a program that allows the Bureau of Land Management to streamline oil and gas permitting processes.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 9

Colorado scientists to see if water reinjection, earthquake related
Greeley experienced its first earthquake in four decades, and scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder have placed monitoring equipment around Weld County to see if the recent earthquake may be linked to reinjection wells used by oil and gas companies to dispose of water discharged during drilling operations.
Denver Post (Greeley Tribune); June 9

Opponents of proposed copper mine in Montana draw line at Smith River
British Columbia-based Tintina Resources' proposed copper mine in Montana would move through the water table under Sheep Creek, which feeds into the Smith River, and opponents of the mine said the underground mine would have a disastrous effect on the scenic river.
Missoulian (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); June 9

USGS releases new, free digital maps of Montana, Alaska
Hikers, hunters and others who want updated information on the routes they're taking around Montana have new updated digital maps from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Missoulian; June 9

Nonprofit works to get wild horses in Wyoming a secure water supply
Cody-based Friends of a Legacy, or FOAL, is working to secure a stable water source for wild horses on federal lands in Wyoming between Cody and Powell, after a drilling company was required to make changes on how it handled discharge water from oil and gas drilling operations that dried up some of the water available.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 9

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