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Utah rejects Snake Valley water pact with Nevada

April 5, 2013

Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday announced he is rejecting a controversial deal that would have shared with Nevada rights to water in an aquifer beneath Snake Valley, sending some 21 billion gallons of water annually to Utah’s western neighbor.

Herbert said it was one of the most difficult...

Mont. Republican tests waters on conservation

April 5, 2013

Montana's lone congressman, Republican Steve Daines, is showing early signs that he may break from his predecessor, Republican Denny Rehberg, on key conservation bills in the Treasure State.

While Daines, a Bozeman businessman, is yet to take positions on bills to designate new wilderness...

Export opponents threaten lawsuit over coal dust pollution

April 5, 2013

Groups opposed to increased coal exports from the Pacific Northwest today threatened to sue BNSF Railway Co. and several coal companies over allegations of coal dust pollution from moving trains.

The Sierra Club joined conservation groups Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper,...

Pipeline spills stir new criticism of Keystone XL plan

April 5, 2013

Two recent oil pipeline spills have prompted new criticism from opponents of the proposed Keystone XL project, while raising more questions about whether the federal government is adequately monitoring the nation’s vast labyrinth of pipelines.

In recent years, critics have said that the...

Montana gold mine seeks permit

April 3, 2013

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing an application for an operating permit for a gold mine at a historic mining site 15 miles south of Butte. If approved, the mine could begin operating by the end of this year.

The proposed mine is a joint venture between...

Copper exploration upstream unnerves Montanans

April 3, 2013

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — In the past three years, Canadian-based Tintina has spent $18 million in exploration costs here, and now boasts that the Black Butte Copper mine is the third highest grade copper deposit in development in North America. To support that claim, the company says it has...

Rio Grande NM touted as economic boost for northern N.M.

April 3, 2013

Drivers crossing into town on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge can't miss the Taos Mesa Brewing Co. a few miles east of the river.

The Quonset hut-style aluminum building is fitted with solar water heaters that shimmer in the bright desert sunlight, catching the eyes of mountain bikers,...

Mont. rep. to introduce legislation protecting North Fork Flathead

April 3, 2013

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Friday announced plans to “rise above the partisan politics” and introduce legislation that would block industrial development in the North Fork Flathead River drainage on the western boundary of Glacier National Park.

The legislation will serve as a...

Sen. Udall seeking community support for possible new national monument

April 1, 2013

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is once again exploring the possibility of designating a new national monument in a picturesque central Colorado canyon straddling the Arkansas River.

Udall today released a draft bill that proposes to establish the 22,000-acre Browns Canyon National Monument in...

Tenacious drought sparks conflict over the Rio Grande

April 1, 2013

As it heads into what may be one of its most severe drought years on record, Texas is locked in tense negotiations with its neighbors to the north and south over allocations of the Rio Grande.

Two agreements have been called into question -- the Rio Grande Compact, which allocates water...

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