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Northern California Wildfire Claims 13 Homes As Crews Work To Contain Flames 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires burning near Northern California vineyards and in the Yosemite National Park area were threatening hundreds of homes even as crews worked to contain them. The Sand Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was 50 percent surrounded as of late Sunday, after burning 13 homes and 38 outbuildings. It has scorched roughly 6 square miles of rugged grassland and timber near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties. While crews significantly enlarged the area they had corralled Sunday, "the steep, dry terrain continues to be a challenge" and about 515 homes remain threatened and under evacuation orders, according to a statement the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire started Friday when a vehicle drove over vegetation that is tinder-dry from years of drought. About 1,900 firefighters, aided by aircraft including a DC-10 air tanker, were working to control the blaze. The fire destroyed homes, cabins and a collection of 13 ...
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Judge Strikes Down Longmont, Colorado's Fracking Ban 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A state district judge struck down Longmont's voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing Thursday but stayed her decision while the city considers an appeal. Judge D.D. Mallard ruled the ban conflicts with state regulations and Colorado's interest in efficiently developing oil and gas deposits. "While the Court appreciates the Longmont citizens' sincerely-held beliefs about risks to their health and safety, the Court does not find this is sufficient to completely devalue the State's interest," Mallard wrote. Longmont voters passed an amendment to the city charter in November 2012 that banned hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, which involves blasting underground rock formations with water, sand and chemicals so oil and natural gas can escape. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association, along with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, sued to overturn the ban. Mallard noted that the state's interest in developing oil and gas, and Longmont's interest in banning ...
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A seriously big price tag for restoring White Bear Lake 24.7.2014 MinnPost
Now this is what you call a water bill. Jim Anderson of the Strib says , “Three potential solutions aimed at restoring water levels of White Bear Lake — two of them estimated to cost more than $600 million — are being proposed in what could be part of sweeping changes in how cities in the metro area get their drinking water. In a draft report released Wednesday, the Metropolitan Council outlined options for augmenting White Bear Lake with water from the Mississippi River.” Elsewhere:  Paul Huttner at MPR reports, “The level of Lake Minnetonka has fallen below the magical 930.30′ level for the first time since May 31. The latest reading from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District as of Wednesday is 930.25 feet above sea level. … If big west metro lake stays below 930.30′ for another two days, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District will lift at least part of the no-wake restrictions for the lake.” Also in nature: Marissa Payne at the Washington Post picks up on the Audubon Society’s campaign to get the ...
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1 abandoned well has state struggling for remedy 21.7.2014 Durango Herald
GRAND JUNCTION – A company’s failure to take responsibility for a single Montrose County well has state gas and oil regulators again considering what they can do about people they believe are showing little regard for the rules for operating in Colorado.Mike King, executive director of the state Department of Natural...
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Three additional cases of deadly plague found in Colorado 19.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Three more plague cases were found in Colorado, a week after the first infection of the deadliest form of the disease was reported in the state in a ...
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Strib Biz Live: Yellen at Senate panel NOW 15.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Latest in business news from Minnesota and beyond.
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Santa Fe forest proposes fencing to protect mouse 14.7.2014 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Forest Service wants to put up fences and issue a closure order that would block livestock and campers from stretches of the Rio Cebolla in the Santa Fe National Forest to protect an endangered mouse found in moist, forested areas of New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.The plan, outlined in a letter received by...
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Chronic Dryness Hinders Fight Against West's Fires 8.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews fought through a rugged landscape, triple-digit heat, gusty winds, and the stark and chronic dryness of California's long drought to make hard-earned progress against a wildfire burning for its fourth day. Such dry conditions have hurt the fight against other wildfires in Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Washington state. In Northern California, crews were able to increase containment of the Monticello Fire to 45 percent from 35 percent in the steep mountains near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County. More than 1,600 firefighters battling the blaze Monday gained on its front end as temperatures soared past 100 degrees, said state fire spokesman Chris Christopherson. The heat was expected to reach the 90s on Tuesday. "We're going to have an aggressive attack not only from the ground but the air as well to maintain our control lines," said Christopherson. All road closures were canceled Monday, a day after evacuation orders for about 40 homes were called off. The fire has burned ...
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High Nebraska river flows used to recharge aquifer 26.6.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A couple of Nebraska natural resources districts are taking advantage of high flows in the South Platte River to recharge the aquifer below.
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Bike To Work Day 26.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, tens of thousands of Coloradans are garaging their car and hitting Colorado's bike trails to commute into work for Colorado's annual Bike to Work Day . Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock pedaled the Cherry Creek Trail into the Denver Civic Center before 7:20 a.m. to greet other bike commuters for a celebration that included free bananas, consumer information, t-shirts and even Starbucks coffee. Denver Bike to Work Day: June 25, 2014 Photo: Denver City Council member Chris Nevitt, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, unidentified woman, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Photo by: Marie Commiskey. AvalonPhotography.com Mayor Hancock thanked City Council member Chris Nevitt "for his leadership on City Council to support our budgetary efforts to make this a better city for bicycles." The mayor called upon everyone to make biking a lifestyle rather than just a "one-day celebration." Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock Speaking at Denver's 2014 Bike to Work Day Photo by: ...
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Colorado suspends oil and gas wastewater disposal well after quake 25.6.2014 Yahoo: US National
(Reuters) - Disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a Colorado well was ordered halted this week after seismic activity was detected in the area, state regulators said on Tuesday. It is the latest in a string of events linking oil and gas operations with seismic activity in the United States as energy drilling increases, but likely the first instance of its kind in quake-prone Colorado, a spokesman for COGCC said. "We believe it is probably the first time," that seismic activity has been linked to wastewater disposal, he said.
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Crews cleaning up after oil spill in northern Colorado 22.6.2014 Denver Post: Local
FORT COLLINS — Environmental officials and work crews were preparing Saturday to remove oil-stained soil from an area where 7,500 gallons of crude leaked from a flood-damaged storage ...
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7,500 Gallons Of Oil Spills In Colorado's Poudre River 21.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A storage tank damaged by floodwaters dumped 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Poudre River near Windsor in northern Colorado, slickening vegetation a quarter-mile downstream, but apparently not affecting any drinking water, state officials said Friday. The bank where the storage tank sat next to the river was undercut by the high spring river flows, causing it to drop and break a valve, Todd Hartman of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. The tank released all of its contents, which was 178 barrels of crude oil, or roughly 7,500 gallons, Hartman said. A second tank nearby appeared to be unaffected. "At this time we know of no drinking water intakes affected by this spill. The release is not ongoing," he said. The tank's operator, Noble Energy Inc., discovered the spill Friday and reported it to state officials. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission officials and state Department of Public Health and Environment water quality staff ...
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Oil spills into Poudre River 21.6.2014 Durango Herald
FORT COLLINS – A storage tank damaged by floodwaters dumped 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Poudre River near Windsor in northern Colorado, slickening vegetation a quarter-mile downstream but apparently not affecting any drinking water, state officials said Friday.The bank where the storage tank sat next to the river was...
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7,500 gallons of oil spills in Colorado river 21.6.2014 Yahoo: US National
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A storage tank damaged by floodwaters dumped 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Poudre River near Windsor in northern Colorado, slickening vegetation a quarter-mile downstream but apparently not affecting any drinking water, state officials said Friday.
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Oil spill from tank dumps 7,500 gallons into Poudre River near Windsor 21.6.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Approximately 178 barrels of crude oil — about 7,500 gallons — were spilled Friday afternoon from a storage tank into the Poudre River.
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Senate Bill 23 veto reopens conversation on water efficiency measures 12.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The decision about what to do with Senate Bill 23 wasn’t easy, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper wrote. “It was a close call.” But, ultimately, those sentiments were delivered in a veto letter, and the bill that provided incentives for Western Slope water efficiency measures will have to be reworked and revisited in another legislative session. The veto sparked immediate blowback from conservation organizations that criticized Hickenlooper’s actions as incompatible with his rhetoric on water issues in the state. To learn more about Senate Bill 23, read our two-part series. Part 2: Opponents of Senate Bill 23 express concern about upstream water users The Clean Water Fund has launched a “Failure to Lead” campaign in response to the decision, including flying banners over public events. Five conservation organizations signed onto a news release that detailed the support Senate Bill 23 had received from water and conservation organizations. “This sends a signal that despite the Governor’s expressed commitment ...
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Obama Pitches Wildfire Plan To Western Governors 10.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday encouraged a group of governors to support a plan to pay for wildfire suppression, and the proposal got a positive reception from the 10 leaders gathered for an annual summit. Obama made the pitch by telephone to governors meeting in Colorado Springs at the Western Governors Association conference. Under the plan, the federal government would budget money for fighting wildfires instead of raiding funding allocated for mitigation efforts. The change is pending in Congress, and Obama encouraged the governors to urge enactment. Fighting wildfires this year will cost about $1.8 billion, Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack told the governors on the call. That's $470 million more than Congress has budgeted. In an interview with The Associated Press, Vilsack repeated the administration's argument that it's better to directly budget money for firefighting than to shift money from prevention efforts. "That's precisely the money that we would ...
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Villanova honors two alumni 9.6.2014 Philly.com News
VILLANOVA At its reunion weekend, Villanova University honored a woman who worked for ESPN for 33 years and a young graduate who has built houses with Habitat for Humanity on five continents.
Colorado ready for EPA rule to cut carbon dioxide pollution 3.6.2014 Denver Post: Local
Colorado government and utility officials said the state is well-prepared to comply with the federal rule unveiled Monday to cut carbon pollution — a key step for the nation to begin ...
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