Archive: April, 2013

Letter: Keep power plant out of East Rosebud – Billings Gazette, April 28, 2013

April 30, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/keep-power-plant-out-of-east-rosebud/article_751d897e-028a-5901-91a0-421b53280a42.html I have been fishing The East Rosebud Creek most of my life, enjoying the valley that God gave us. I cannot imagine power lines running the length, taking power out. I know the water levels though each season. If water is taken out to run the turbine, half of the year, there would be no water. Fathom that stretch of creek bottom with the lack of wildlife as well as the impact on the fisheries upstream and down. The...
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In Montana, ranchers line up against coal – Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2013

April 29, 2013
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-montana-coal-20130427,0,1180899.story By Kim Murphy COLSTRIP, Mont. — Out in these windy stretches of cottonwood and prairie grass, not far from where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer ran into problems at Little Bighorn, a new battle is unfolding over what future energy development in the West will look like. Here, rancher Wallace McRae and his son, Clint, run cattle on 31,000 acres along Rosebud Creek, land their family has patrolled with horses and tamed with fences for 125 years. They could probably go on...
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Letter: Outdated energy – Great Falls Tribune, April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304280040 I am writing to you concerning the proposed Otter Creek Coal Mine. With changing political environments in the past few years, big industry has begun to creep into politics so extensively that individuals are losing the ability to represent themselves and each other, and decision-makers can’t decipher right from wrong. Let me help. Polluting people’s air is wrong. We have no choice whether or not to breath the air around us. We can neither control its quality, nor can we clean...
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Letter: Coal’s dirty secret – Great Falls Tribune, April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20130428/OPINION/304280040/On-our-minds-Coal-school-board-plus-today-s-editorial-cartoons Coal has a dirty secret: It’s a killer. Montanans should carefully discuss this issue before deciding whether to strip-mine coal at Otter Creek. A number of recent reports tally up coal’s macabre toll. One report released this March concludes that air pollution from coal causes approximately 18,000 premature deaths in Europe each year. Another report found that 115,000 people (including 10,000 children) die annually from pollution from coal in India. And a 2010 report found that particulate pollution from coal...
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Press release: Montana landowners, family farms and ranches hold the line in 63rd Legislature – April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013
By Northern Plains Resource Council The 63rd Montana Legislature adjourned late this afternoon. After a series of hard-fought legislative scuffles, Northern Plains Resource Council members believe they held the line for Montana’s working family farms and ranches. Northern Plains is a Billings-based conservation and family agriculture group. “As expected, Montanans from all walks of life including our members were forced to fight a number of ill-advised proposals that would have threatened our water resources, rural communities, and family farms and ranches,”...
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Seattle mayor, tribal leaders oppose Wyoming, Montana coal trains – The Associated Press, April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013
SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and other city and tribal leaders have formed a new coalition to oppose coal trains and coal exports in the region. At a news conference Monday, the leaders raised concerns about the impacts that increased coal train traffic through Washington state would have on street traffic, human health and the environment. Five terminals proposed in Washington and Oregon would ship up to 140 millions of tons of coal a year by rail from Montana and...
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Press release: 21 groups call for moratorium on Powder River coal in letter to new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, April 16, 2013

April 17, 2013
Federal coal program overseen by Interior undermining President Obama’s climate commitment By Northern Plains Resource Council The leaders of 21 organizations, including Northern Plains Resource Council, welcomed Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to her first day on the job with a letter calling for “an immediate moratorium on new coal leasing in the Powder River Basin and a comprehensive review of the federal coal leasing program.” The letter emphasizes the huge quantities of carbon pollution unlocked by federal coal leasing in...
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Regulators seek more information on Otter Creek coal mine proposal – Billings Gazette, April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/regulators-seek-more-information-on-otter-creek-coal-mine-proposal/article_04957f22-0fe0-5fd7-9294-92b5e2377eae.html The Associated Press Montana environmental regulators are seeking more information on the proposed Otter Creek coal mine after finding deficiencies in the application for the project submitted by Arch Coal, Inc. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Quality on Monday described the deficiency finding as routine for a new mine application. St. Louis-based Arch is proposing a mine that would extract up to 20 million tons of coal a year from state-owned and private coal leases south of Ashland. In a 41-page letter,...
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Letter: A dirty fact – Great Falls Tribune, April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20130415/OPINION/304150037/On-our-minds-Coal-guns-Front The letter to the editor submitted by Larry Bonderud, the good mayor of Shelby, concerning expanded coal use and the prosperity it will bring to Montana, requires a response. Coal-fired generating plants, wherever these are, and the jobs and taxes these mines and railroads produce are certainly attractive. However, there’s a dirty fact; these plants are one of the major causes of greenhouse gases, the major one being CO2, which by steadily warming our planet are causing climate change....
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Letter: Comment today on COOL meat rule – Billings Gazette, April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/comment-today-on-cool-meat-rule/article_947ed572-e982-552a-8711-2c6087642f02.html Montana is an agricultural state where the population of cattle far exceeds the population of people. So it is a bizarre reality that much of the beef and other meat we consume here is born, raised and slaughtered outside Montana, even outside the United States. What is even more peculiar is that consumers do not have access to information about where their meat is actually coming from. Hopefully, that will change soon. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened a...
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