Archive: May, 2012

Perspective: Gasland Comes to Central Montana – The Bozeman Magpie, May 27, 2012

May 31, 2012
http://www.bozeman-magpie.com/perspective.php By Marshall Swearingen FOUR MILES southeast of Lewistown, some of the purest water in the world flows from the ground at a rate of 90 million gallons per day. It emerges through natural fissures from the Madison aquifer, a thick and porous layer of limestone that sucks up water high in the nearby Snowy and Big Belt Mountains before diving a mile deep below the surrounding plains. Without filtration or treatment, the cold and slightly sweet water is piped directly...
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Missoula City Council supports study of coal trains’ effects – Missoulian, May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012
http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-city-council-supports-study-of-coal-trains-effects/article_14491060-a3ce-11e1-b55f-0019bb2963f4.html BY KEILA SZPALLER Everyone who breathes will be at risk in Missoula if all the planned coal terminals on the Pacific Coast get built out – and coal train traffic here skyrockets, one doctor said Monday. “It is a fact that putting that much particulate from coal into our airshed will dramatically increase the diagnoses of asthma, pneumonia, lung and sinus infection, allergies, emphysema, (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and cancer – lung, esophageal and stomach – and cardiovascular diseases as well,”...
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Study coal shipments’ environmental effects, says Missoula councilor – Missoulian, May 15, 2012

May 16, 2012
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/study-coal-shipments-environmental-effects-says-missoula-councilor/article_239433f8-9ef4-11e1-abb2-0019bb2963f4.html By KEILA SZPALLER With potential increases in coal train traffic through Missoula, City Councilman Dave Strohmaier is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the widespread impacts – including ones in Montana – of building Pacific Coast export facilities for the fuel. “My most immediate goal is that we would actually have scoping meetings, or public meetings, here in Montana and elsewhere along the proposed shipment route,” the Ward 1 councilor said Tuesday. Strohmaier, who has convened public meetings...
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Yellowstone County planning board seeks rail traffic study – Billings Gazette, May 14, 2012

May 16, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/county-planning-board-seeks-rail-traffic-study/article_eef8aa93-1282-5987-9377-3405daf9f598.html Commissioners may support review if coal references are dropped By Clair Johnson A study of increased rail traffic through Yellowstone County may be on track for getting support from county commissioners — provided it doesn’t pick on coal. During a discussion meeting Monday afternoon with Yellowstone County commissioners, Paul Gatzemeier, president of the Yellowstone County Board of Planning, urged commissioners to support a local rail study to provide current information. The planning board, he said, should be involved in the study because it...
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Routine blast unleashes torrent in mine – Helena Independent Record, May 15, 2012

May 16, 2012
http://helenair.com/news/local/routine-blast-unleashes-torrent-in-mine/article_6d4b8b36-9f1c-11e1-a8ca-0019bb2963f4.html By EVE BYRON The Drumlummon gold mine near Marysville abruptly shut down operations late Sunday afternoon after a routine blasting operation released close to a million gallons of water that had been encapsulated underground in some historic workings. All but one of the dozen miners working their shift were on the surface — which is a normal safety precaution — when the blast occurred, according to RX Gold and Silver Chief Operating Officer Bob Taylor. He said the one miner who...
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Kicking the coal habit – Audubon Magazine, May-June 2012

May 1, 2012
http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/climate/kicking-coal-habit? BY TED WILLIAMS Excerpts follow (click on link above to read full article)  *** “Coal is cheap,” Rosebud mine’s neighbor Nick Golder told me at his ranch just north of Lame Deer, “because the industry doesn’t pay its bills.” Golder started ranching here in 1947 and since then has spent more time than he can afford working to save the local livestock industry from the mine and power plant. “Ranchers are independent people,” he said. “But we saw we had to join together,...
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Free movie ‘Gasland’ May 17 at Yogo Inn in Lewistown

May 1, 2012
Gasland 5:30 p.m., May 17 Yogo Inn Lewistown Free A free screening of the compelling, award-winning documentary Gasland will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown. In the film, family ranchers and farmers in oil and gas fields talk about the real effects of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on their land and lives. At the event, you’ll meet John Fenton, Wyoming farmer/rancher, who appears in Gasland. Fenton will introduce the film, relate personal experiences after oil and gas...
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