Category: Agriculture

Billings Gazette editorial: What’s in your food? An anti-labeling bill by another name – July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015
“Zinke votes to strengthen food labeling laws,” U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke’s press release proclaimed on July 23, the day he voted for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599). In fact, Montana’s lone U.S. House member, voted for a bill that would nullify genetically modified organism labeling laws in three states and pre-empt future efforts by any state to require that food containing GMOs be so labeled. In fact, Zinke cosponsored and supported legislation that would...
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Bozeman Daily Chronicle editorial: Local officials need to plan for oil train danger – July 26, 2015

July 28, 2015
It’s been an interesting summer on the energy front, with worldwide production spiking and seasonal gas prices uncharacteristically low. But there’s one facet of the industry that remains particularly troubling: derailments of oil-laden trains in transit from the Bakken formation in northeastern Montana and northwestern North Dakota. These derailments/spills/explosions have been happening with troubling frequency, the latest earlier this month right here in Montana when 20 cars of an oil-bearing train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, spilling some...
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Gazette opinion: Zinke pushes quietly to take money away from taxpayers – July 6, 2015

July 7, 2015
Gazette Editorial Board In a quiet procedural move, Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke has tried to keep a loophole open that will rob Montanans (and all citizens) of money that’s rightfully theirs. The issue is how coal royalties are paid. That’s money coal companies owe the government for extracting coal on federal land — land owned by all of us. Currently, a loophole allows large coal companies to mine coal and then sell it to their own subsidiaries...
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Gazette opinion: Landowners deserve protection before drilling starts – Billings Gazette, Jan. 30, 2015

January 30, 2015
Most Montanans support responsible energy development, valuing clean air, water and land as well as the oil and gas that powers our travel and heats our homes. Where we often disagree is on the definition of “development done right.” This week, the Senate Natural Resources Committee heard three bills that attempt to define doing development right on a level that considers the neighbors. - Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Sen. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, D-Billings, would require oil and gas...
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Gazette opinion: Statewide victory for Montana voters – Billings Gazette, Nov. 6, 2014

November 6, 2014
NOTE: Northern Plains Resource Council staff and volunteers over the last two months conducted an intensive door canvass in Billings in opposition to LR-126, knocking on more than 21,000 doors and having more than 8,000 conversations about the measure. On Tuesday, 441 Yellowstone County residents registered and voted in the General Election, according to preliminary data. Thanks to overwhelming support from voters across Montana, Election Day registration will remain an option for all of us. A GOP lawmakers’...
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Gazette opinion: Not COOL: World trade trumps U.S. shoppers’ choice – Billings Gazette, Nov. 5, 2014

November 5, 2014
Buying American is good for Americans individually and for our economy as a whole. Shoes, shirts, cars, even seafood, fruits and vegetables are labeled with the country of manufacture or origin so shoppers can make a better-informed choice. So what’s the matter with labeling beef and pork, too? Well, meat production is a multinational business for big meat packing businesses and for some U.S. ranchers along the Mexican border. Some of the beef sold in U.S. grocery stores comes...
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Gazette editorial: Building blocks for Montana’s energy future – Oct. 27, 2014

October 27, 2014
If you want to see a real “all of the above” energy policy, take a look at the five scenarios the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has put out for discussion. The DEQ wrote a white paper with these five hypothetical strategies for Montana to respond to the tougher federal carbon emissions rule that the EPA proposed in June. When DEQ held public meetings earlier this month in Colstrip, Billings and Missoula, around 500 people attended....
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Delicious sights, sounds and turkey in southeastern Montana – May 1, 2014, Missoulian

May 1, 2014
By Greg Tollefson Once again, the last weekend in April found me in the southeast corner of Montana with my pal Homer on a sentimental journey to one of our favorite places on the planet, the Tongue River Valley. We make the long trip ostensibly because it’s wild turkey season, and hunting turkeys is a great way to explore the nooks and crannies of that under appreciated part of the state. This year, we were joined by friend...
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