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Re: “Denney to Unveil Bill to Strengthen CAFOs

Whatever happened to "Home on the Range?" Now you will be knee deep in something that is no longer range grass.

Posted by on 02/21/2011 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Canadian Gas Driller Wants to Focus More on Payette Operations

If Bridge Resource does any hydraulic fracturing in Payette county which results in pollution of the aquifer from the fracking fluids, who will pay for cleaning up the mess? Will they be required to post a bond first to cover some of the costs?

Posted by on 02/16/2011 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Legislators Lobbied on Alternative Energy

Idaho's severance tax on gas and oil production is 2% while Utah and North Dakota has 5%, Wyoming is 6% and Montana 9.4%. This is a nonrenewable natural resource that Idaho is coming close to giving away and should be similar to Montana's 9.4%. Why not use it as a source for taxes to support education?

Posted by on 02/15/2011 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Hundreds Pack Capitol Steps to Challenge Luna

Where was all this outrage prior to the election?

Posted by on 02/08/2011 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Weather Creates Roadblock for Mega-loads

I believe the maximum delay is suppose to be no more than 15 minutes. This second night there were 10 delays that ran from 16 to 59 minutes. The 59 minute delay is when they scraped the rock cliff when trying to go around a sharp curve. For those who haven't driven this route, the last 75 miles are not without some similar sharp curves.

Posted by on 02/04/2011 at 3:58 PM

Re: “UPDATED: Hundreds Awestruck as Mega-loads Roll

The secrecy surrounding approval of the megaloads by the Port of Lewiston, ITD and the governor's office is very similar to what has been happening in the approval and monitoring of the mining of the tar sands in Alberta. The government of Alberta has essentially allowed the oil companies free access to the tar sands and allowed them to write the regulations. The majority of the profits from the oil is going not to the citizens of Alberta but to the oil companies. The government and the oil companies say any pollution in the water of the Athabasca river is due to natural events. RAMP, the Regional Monitoring Proram, established by the government is controlled by the oil industry. Since the beginning of the mining of the tar sands, there has been no monitoring of the pollutants entering the Athabasca river by the RAMP. No historical data exists. Dr. David Schindler and others from the Univeristy of Alberta conducted an excellent study that showed that there were toxic elements being released into the air and water by the oil companies during the mining process.

Posted by on 02/02/2011 at 2:43 PM

Re: “UPDATED: Hundreds Awestruck as Mega-loads Roll

The reason why ConocoPhillips needs the megaloads is because these big drums will enable the refinery in Billings to refine the oil that will be piped to Billings from the tar sands in the Athabasca region in Alberta. In order to get the tar sand oil to flow through the pipe line it must be first diluted with highly toxic hydrocarbon compounds.
The real problem is not so much the movement of the megaloads along highway 12 as it is the mining of the tar sands. The process degrades the environment and is resulting in health problems for the First Nation people living in the area. A good source of information related to the tar sands can be googled from the Pembina Institute's website.

Posted by on 02/02/2011 at 1:12 PM

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