Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

May 19, 2014 to May 23, 2014

Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Effects

Hundreds of wildfire experts will gather in Missoula, Montana for this innovative interdisciplinary conference, co-sponsored by the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF). Fees waived for credentialed reporters. A call-in Q&A news tele-conference on May 20th, 1:30-2:30 pm MDT, will offer a brief summary of the fire conference and an opportunity to connect fire science to fire news.

"U.S. Agency Ends Nevada Cattle Roundup, Releases Herd After Stand-Off"

"U.S. officials ended a stand-off with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert on Saturday, calling off the government's roundup of cattle it said were illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back to the rancher who owned them."

Source: Reuters, 04/14/2014

Wyoming Supreme Court Doubts 'Trade Secret' Loophole on Fracking Disclosure

Just claiming something as "confidential business information" is not enough. Wyoming's Supreme Court said the state's drillers, and state regulators, bear the burden of showing why they are withholding disclosure of the often-toxic chemicals pumped underground in fracking operations.

"EPA May Finally Look at Coal Ash Regulation, Much Needed in Montana"

"When rancher Clint McRae first saw the swirling green and white ponds of arsenic, boron, mercury and lead-containing sludge 10 miles from his property, it was in a photography show at the Montana statehouse. He first thought they were abstract art, but quickly realized some were aerial photos of the ash slurry left over from burning coal at southeastern Montana’s Colstrip Steam Electric Station."

Source: High Country News, 03/19/2014

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