In the Rockies today, coal in Montana, tar sands in Utah and coalbed methane in Wyoming are in the news.
The Montana Environmental Information Center said recent studies done by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana on coal production in the state take too much of an industry view that ignores the social and environmental effects of coal mining, and said that MEIC would soon be publishing a rebuttal of the BBER studies.
In Utah, an Alberta company got the go-ahead to build a pilot tar sands project on state lands--the first such project in the Beehive State.
In Wyoming, two wildlife groups got the green light from a federal administrative judge to challenge a coalbed methane gas project in the Atlantic Rim.
Also in the news, the U.S. Forest Service is challenging a flurry of placer mining claims in Northern Idaho, and three Idaho cities tout the economic benefit their investment in wastewater infrastructure brought to their communities.