Archive: June, 2013

Press statement: Northern Plains reacts positively to Obama’s climate change plan, June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013
By Northern Plains Resource Council “The president’s plan to curb carbon emissions recognizes the need for a clean-energy economy,” said Ed Gulick, Past Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council and a Billings architect. “Cleaning up coal plants is a good first step. It creates jobs, improves our health, and encourages innovation. It also deals with climate change that is already happening, such as last summer’s wildfires in eastern Montana, drought, and extreme weather. “We should not be afraid to move into...
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Letter: Coal-fired plants should clean up or shut down – Billings Gazette, June 23, 2013

June 24, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/coal-fired-plants-should-clean-up-or-shut-down/article_bb7415ed-2232-561d-966c-94faf05263c1.html There is quite a propaganda campaign afoot to convince us the coal industry should not have to clean up its pollution and that EPA clean air protections will stifle innovation. There have been four letters to the editor in the past week, including two from Yellowstone County commissioners. They use the same terms and make the same weak and misleading statements to argue why the coal industry should be able to continue to dump its wastes into the air...
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Letter: Health impacts of coal pollution must be mitigated – Billings Gazette, June 23, 2013

June 24, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/health-impacts-of-coal-pollution-must-be-mitigated/article_f2445eb9-061b-524c-abe2-935f24fe7fef.html The corporate-minded debate over carbon pollution standards for coal-fired power plants fails to acknowledge the science at the core of this rule-making process. The mission of the Clean Air Act is laser-focused on protecting public health. As our scientific knowledge evolves, so too does our understanding of how air pollution negatively impacts public health. Our being situated in coal territory does not exempt us from addressing the very real health consequences associated with coal. The technology to clean up carbon...
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Press release: Army Corps ignores Montana coal export concerns – June 18, 2013

June 19, 2013
By Northern Plains Resource Council At a hearing in Washington, D.C., today, the Army Corps of Engineers rejected studying the cumulative effects of sending millions of tons of Powder River Basin coal across Montana to proposed ports in Washington and Oregon. The announcement is unfortunate, as the three remaining proposed coal ports would have significant cumulative impacts, including dramatically increased rail traffic through Montana communities leading to more pollution, traffic congestion, and longer emergency response times. “Shipping more coal through Montana for...
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Press release: Federal report says ‘weaknesses’ in coal-leasing program cost taxpayers millions – June 11, 2013

June 11, 2013
Northern Plains Resource Council WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. taxpayers are likely losing tens of millions of dollars on bids from mining corporations as a result of a federal leasing program that undervalues the price of coal taken from public lands in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, according to findings from an investigation by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General. Coal leases in the West are administered by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, but even though the...
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Letter: Stand up for state agriculture – Helena Independent Record, June 11, 2013

June 11, 2013
http://helenair.com/news/opinion/readers_alley/stand-up-for-state-agriculture/article_255abc1a-d1f3-11e2-8721-0019bb2963f4.html Agriculture is Montana’s no. 1 industry. Coal mining provided 1,199 jobs in Montana in 2011 (source: countoncoalmontana.org.) Not even close to being the biggest economic driver in Montana. Despite these facts, the Otter Creek coal mine development and the Tongue River Railroad are being proposed even though they would harm agriculture. Developing the mine will permanently ruin good ranchland. The railroad will cut ranches in half, disrupting their operations and destroying their property values. Many of these ranches have been in...
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GM discovery shuts down some Montana wheat exports – Public News Service, June 11, 2013

June 11, 2013
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/32879-1 By Deborah Courson Smith POWDER RIVER, Mont. - Montana exports 75 percent of its wheat crop overseas, and half of that goes to Japan, a country with a strict ban on genetically-modified wheat. Japan shut down U.S. imports recently when GM wheat created by Monsanto was unexpectedly found in a field in Oregon. Walter Archer, a wheat farmer in Powder River County and chairman of the Northern Plains Resource Council, is calling on Monsanto to reimburse farmers for revenue losses related...
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PPL & State sign agreement to upgrade Corette Power Plant – KTVQ-TV, June 10, 2013

June 11, 2013
http://www.ktvq.com/news/ppl-and-state-sign-agreement-to-upgrade-corette-power-plant/ VIDEO COVERAGE AND STORY BILLINGS - An agreement Monday between PPL Montana and the State Department of Environmental Quality will mean less SO2 emissions in the Yellowstone Valley in the future, but does not mean PPL has a change of plans for its aging Corette Power Plant here in Billings. The legal agreement calls for PPL to install $10 million dollars of new pollution controls at its Billings coal-fired power plant. This is so it can comply with state ambient air standards...
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Letter: A remarkable project – Carbon County News, June 6, 2013

June 10, 2013
http://www.carboncountynews.com/content/remarkable-project To the Editor: Regarding the cleanup of the old mine tailings in Cooke City, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Tom Henderson recently said: "The removal of tailings from the impoundment is over 80 percent complete. This upcoming year should see all the mines wastes placed in the repository at the site, and possibly the placement of the final cap over the repository. Reconstruction of Soda Butte Creek and Miller Creek will occur this year. I expect that the major...
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Press release: Montana farmers concerned about genetically modified wheat, June 5, 2013

June 10, 2013
By Northern Plains Resource Council The Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, a Montana conservation and family agriculture group, said today he was deeply troubled by the discovery of genetically modified wheat in a farmer’s field in Oregon. “We have opposed the release of GM wheat since the late ’90s, when Monsanto was beginning field tests in Montana,” said Walter Archer a Powder River County rancher and wheat farmer. “We know our customers don’t want GM wheat and that even...
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