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North Dakota government wants more monitoring after pipeline leak

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appealed to Keystone pipeline owner TC Energy to review its inspection and monitoring of the line after it leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons in the northeastern part of the state.

Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki said the Republican governor spoke Thursday night to officials at the Calgary, Alberta-based company formerly known as TransCanada.

The conversation came two days after the company shut down the pipeline after the leak was discovered and affected about 22,500 square feet of land near Edinburg, in Walsh County.

Burgum said in a statement he “received assurance” from the company that the spill would be cleaned up “as thoroughly and quickly as possible.”

Read more: https://trib.com/business/energy/north-dakota-gov-wants-more-monitoring-after-pipeline-leak/article_0ceff3de-5c1f-505f-bf04-65c6e1b5b710.html
(Casper Star Tribune)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 02:57 AM (1 replies)

Coal mine closes, Montana denies new owner permit

Montana's largest coal mine has been shut down over permitting issues with the state Department of Environmental Quality.

DEQ has denied an an operating permit to Spring Creek Mine owner Navajo Transitional Energy Company. The company has sent most of its 300 workers home until the dispute is resolved.

At issue is NTEC's tribal ownership. The company is entirely owned by the Navajo Nation, though not controlled by the tribe. DEQ is asking that NTEC waive sovereign immunity, allowing the tribe to be sued for issues arising at Spring Creek.

“We are shocked and disappointed that the State is taking this position and putting the future of Spring Creek at risk,” said Tim McLaughlin, NTEC chairman, in an announcement Thursday. “We have done everything in our power to ensure the State that we will operate under their laws, but we simply cannot consent to a full waiver of the rights preserved in our treaties — to do so would put the foundations of Indian Country at great risk.”

Read more: https://trib.com/business/energy/coal-mine-closes-montana-denies-new-owner-permit/article_49636b70-1c29-57a0-94fb-023792d209c4.html
(Casper Star Tribune)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 02:38 AM (1 replies)

Trump team hopes to expand base to new states Democrats hold now, including Colorado

If the president can successfully make places like Colorado and New Mexico competitive, he would give himself many more paths to victory

Flush with cash, Donald Trump’s re-election team envisions a greatly expanded campaign map in which he’ll challenge his Democratic opponent in blue states he narrowly lost in 2016, including Minnesota, Colorado and even New Mexico and Oregon.

Trump’s campaign spent just $30,000 in Minnesota in 2016 and lost by only 1.5 percentage points. This time around, the campaign plans to pour millions of dollars into the state in order to win its 10 electoral college votes.

His campaign has also hired staff in Colorado, which he lost by about 5 points, and in New Mexico, which he lost by 8. The campaign had about $156 million on hand at the end of the third quarter, more than twice as much as Barack Obama’s re-election campaign at the same point in 2011.

“They certainly have more money to work with and early money and big money,” Ken Bickers, a political science professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, said in a telephone interview. “He’s not having to spend it in the primary.”

Read more: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/11/01/trump-hopes-expand-base-democratic-states-colorado/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 02:09 AM (7 replies)

Colorado statewide snowpack is at 212% of average

After Colorado’s exceptionally snowy October, Colorado’s current snowpack is more than twice its typical early November level.

The data is from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as of Friday’s official update.

The highest snowpack levels are in northern Colorado, where some areas are more than three times above where they should be for early November. Most of the snowfall came over the past two weeks, as a series of strong and exceptionally cold storm systems moved through the state, dumping feet of snow across the northern mountains. Because most of October’s snow events arrived from the north, Colorado’s northern mountains — the Park, Medicine Bow and Front Ranges — saw the most overall snowfall.

Because of that, though, some parts of southern Colorado are running a tick behind average snowpack levels, as of Friday’s update.

Read more: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/11/02/colorado-statewide-snowpack-is-at-212-percent-of-average/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 01:32 AM (0 replies)

Norway arrests US far-right activist, seeks deportation

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian authorities have arrested a high-profile U.S. white supremacist scheduled to speak at an international far-right conference in Oslo and say they will seek his deportation.

Spokesman Martin Bernsen from Norway's domestic security agency PST told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK that a U.S. citizen was arrested Saturday "on the basis of the Immigration Act section 106" including a suspicion that "he may play an obvious role in radicalization."

PST didn't give the person's name, but he was identified by Norwegian media as Greg Johnson who was a scheduled speaker in the conference by the Scandza Forum, a far-right network known for its anti-Semitic and racist views.

Based in Seattle, Washington, Johnson is a writer and editor-in-chief of the white nationalist Counter-Currents Publishing and a contributor to several publications.

(Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 01:18 AM (3 replies)

Grand Junction fertility doctor accused of impregnating women with own sperm gives up medical

Grand Junction fertility doctor accused of impregnating women with own sperm gives up medical license

The Grand Junction doctor accused of using his own sperm in artificial insemination procedures has surrendered his medical license, according to state records.

While state and local agencies have been mum on what action they might be taking based on the civil lawsuit against Dr. Paul B. Jones, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies records show numerous actions dated Friday regarding his license, the last of which notes a voluntary surrender. Other actions were labeled "combined w/other case for action."

Jones, a fertility doctor in the Grand Junction area for decades, is accused in a civil suit of using his own sperm to impregnate patients using artificial insemination.

The Daily Sentinel reached out to the Colorado Attorney General's Ofice on the matter, which said it was not involved at this time.

Read more: https://www.gjsentinel.com/news/western_colorado/grand-junction-fertility-doctor-accused-of-impregnating-women-with-own/article_ec1577c4-fd33-11e9-895d-20677ce05640.html
(Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 01:12 AM (0 replies)

National Democrats call Colorado Republican Scott Tipton's seat a top pickup opportunity. But is it

National Democrats call Colorado Republican Scott Tipton’s seat a top pickup opportunity. But is it winnable?

National Democrats have vowed to try to dislodge U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District next year, calling his seat one of the party’s “top pickup opportunities.”

But of the three candidates so far vying to replace the Cortez Republican — including one who announced his bid just earlier this month — the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is currently backing none. The DCCC also did not recruit anyone in the trio to run.

Additionally, three well-known Colorado Democrats who were asked to consider or considered running have ruled out bids.

That’s raising questions about how seriously the powerful, deep-pocketed organization is about the perennial battleground seat, which Tipton has easily won every two years since 2010 when he dislodged then-Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar. It’s also highlighting how difficult it will be for Democrats to win the position back.

Read more: https://coloradosun.com/2019/10/28/scott-tipton-colorado-3rd-congressional-district/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 12:14 AM (0 replies)

New attack ad from oil and gas industry ally blasts Gov. Jared Polis and Democrats for "junk science

A dark-money conservative political organization allied with the oil and gas industry is taking aim at Colorado’s governor and a new administration report on health impacts from drilling operations, declaring “it’s time to fight back” against “Jared’s junk science.”

The attack — airing on radio stations and appearing online — is the most aggressive assault to date from oil and gas industry’s allies on Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and suggests an end to the informal truce between the two that dates back to the 2018 campaign.

“Jared Polis and Colorado Democrats are so out of touch,” the radio commercial starts. “Polis is targeting the men and women who work in the oil and gas industry again.”

The minute-long advertisement from Defend Colorado that debuted Wednesday points listeners to a website, junksciencejared.com, which mischaracterizes the nature of the new research on health impacts from oil and gas.

Read more: https://coloradosun.com/2019/10/28/defend-colorado-attack-ad-jared-polis-oil-and-gas/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 12:10 AM (2 replies)

UAW leaders send tentative Ford contract to ratification vote

A United Auto Workers leadership group has voted to send a proposed contract with Ford to members for a ratification vote.

The agreement largely follows the pattern set by the agreement with General Motors, with a few differences.

Ford Motor Company members will get a $9,000 signing bonus if they ratify. That's compared to GM's members who get an $11,000 signing bonus, but that was after a 40-day strike.

Both contracts provide for no increase in out of pocket costs for health insurance, and a pathway for full time temporary workers to permanent status.

Read more: https://www.michiganradio.org/post/uaw-leaders-send-tentative-ford-contract-ratification-vote
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 12:00 AM (1 replies)

Facebook, Google & Wells Fargo Sponsor Koch Conference Feat. Groups with Far-Right & Bigoted Beliefs

Facebook, Google, and Wells Fargo are all prominent sponsors this year’s conference of a Koch-funded network of right-wing think tanks and advocacy groups, several of which promote far-right beliefs, including Islamophobia, homophobia and sexism.

Facebook is giving branded travel mugs to attendees of the 2019 State Policy Network (SPN) conference, which begins today at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs:


Colorado SPN member groups include the Independence Institute, the Centennial Institute, Leadership Program of the Rockies, Steamboat Institute, and the Mountain States Legal Fund.

Many of the SPN members have longstanding ties to the Koch empire, which has deep connections to the Republican Party and has advocated for conservative policies at the national and state levels for decades.

Read more: https://www.coloradopols.com/diary/130975/facebook-google-wells-fargo-sponsor-koch-conference-feat-groups-with-far-right-bigoted-beliefs
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Nov 2, 2019, 11:52 PM (1 replies)
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