Category: Coal



Guest opinion: Good neighbor agreements take 2 sides

April 28, 2014
Mary E. Fitzpatrick, PhD, of Billings is a Northern Plains member and former Chair: Thanks, Gazette editorial board (“Getting along with Beartooth neighbors,” April 3), for highlighting a solution that could resolve community concerns around oil and gas development on the Beartooth Front: a happy medium where a healthy environment and industrial development can coexist, similar to the Good Neighbor Agreement with the Stillwater Mining Company. But it’s essential to remember that the Good Neighbor Agreement did not happen...
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Letter: Climate change causes public health emergency

April 21, 2014
The following is written by doctors who are Northern Plains members: As local health professionals who care about the health of our patients and community, we feel responsible to speak out when public health is in danger. Climate change is the greatest threat to human health and survival. We are already seeing direct and indirect effects of injuries and deaths from wildfires, flooding and droughts; extreme heat-related illness; allergies and air pollution-related illness; and climate-sensitive infectious diseases. Given the...
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Guest opinion: Taxpayers lose, mining firms gain under flawed coal leasing

April 18, 2014
By Walter Archer – Two recent congressional investigations point to the loss of millions of dollars to the public due to flaws in the way the Bureau of Land Management manages federal coal, including large holdings in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. As a lifelong resident of the region, this matters to me for multiple reasons, including the fact that local and state governments are short-changed when the BLM gives away public coal at below market value....
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Letter: Tell legislators to reform Board of Oil and Gas to defend Beartooths from fracking – Ravalli Republic, March 30, 2014

April 1, 2014
The Red Lodge area has been described as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, nestled in the beautiful Beartooth Mountains. Come experience hiking, fishing and exploring among Montana’s highest mountain peaks. See the astonishing wildlife. This area offers extraordinary beauty and Western hospitality. Not only is this one of Montana’s shining stars as far as tourism goes, but here, farmers and ranchers can produce healthy crops and livestock by utilizing our pristine water system and rich soil. But how...
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Defend the Beartooth Front

November 19, 2013
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Win This Quilt!

October 4, 2013
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Guest opinion: Time to reform federal coal leasing – Billings Gazette, Sept. 1, 2013

September 3, 2013
By Mark Squillace and Tom Sanzillo We recently visited with elected leaders, industry officials and concerned citizens from Montana and Wyoming to discuss coal and money. Our message is simple and clear. The federal lease program run by the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management is shortchanging the public budgets in both states. When Montana and Wyoming are shortchanged by the federal government, the residents of each state pay for it through higher taxes or less money...
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