Archive: July, 2013

Press release: Montana to be included in analysis of increased coal trains for coal exports – July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013
Impacts of coal train across the region, tanker traffic, and impacts of coal burning in Asia to be analyzed By Northern Plains Resource Council Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Whatcom County (Wash.) announced a wider scope of their joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point, in Washington state. This will include an analysis of impacts of increased coal train traffic in Montana. If built, the facility would be...
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Guest opinion: COOL makes sense for U.S. ranchers, consumers – The Billings Gazette, July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-cool-makes-sense-for-u-s-ranchers-consumers/article_7f1fffb8-b634-5e32-93ee-8ef99ac8529d.html#ixzz2Z7uHX8i9 By Gilles Stockton It has been a long 12-year roller coaster ride to get Country of Origin Labeling for meat enacted and actually implemented. After our COOL law was challenged by Canada and Mexico in the World Trade Organization, the Obama Administration countered with an even stronger labeling requirement – clearly stating where the meat was born, raised, and slaughtered. These are the requirements that we livestock producers were all in favor of in the first place and the information...
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Letter: Collective sigh of relief rises from East Rosebud – Billings Gazette, July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/collective-sigh-of-relief-rises-from-east-rosebud/article_a7a90ec8-8f44-5d4c-969a-7740a899b32d.html A collective sigh of relief and joy has risen from those of us concerned by the possibility of hydroelectric dams being built on our treasured East and West Rosebuds creeks. After over three years of intense efforts to combat these ill proposed projects, the developer, Roger Kirk of Hydrodynamics Inc., has decided not to proceed and the permit applications have expired. We deeply thank the residents, recreationists, neighbors, businesses and ally organizations that joined with us in trying to ensure...
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Resident concerned about oil and gas leases – Lewistown News-Argus, July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013
http://www.lewistownnews.com/articles/2013/07/08/news/doc51daf8c20add9442415306.txt By CHARLIE DENISON As oil and gas development booms in Western North Dakota and as oil and gas leases pop up around Central Montana, local resident Eric VanderBeek says he can’t help but feel a little concerned about Lewistown’s water quality. Chairman of the local water advocacy group, the Madison Aquifer Alliance, and chairman of the Central Montana Resource Council, VanderBeek fears that attempts at drilling for oil and gas near or on the aquifer could potentially contaminate Lewistown’s pure tap...
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Guest opinion: Coal impact study needed – The Spokesman-Review, June 30, 2013

July 2, 2013
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/jun/30/coal-impact-study-needed/#comments By Ben Stuckart More than 800 people turned out for Spokane’s public hearing on coal export last December, some from as far away as Eastern Montana. The vast majority of them called on the government to study the full range of potential impacts of plans to make the Northwest a conveyor belt for 100 million tons of coal every year from mines in Montana and Wyoming to the West Coast. The hundreds of people who came out in Spokane were joined by...
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Citizens ask Exxon to pay its $1.7 million fine for Yellowstone oil spill – Billings Gazette, July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/citizens-ask-exxon-to-pay-its-million-fine-for-yellowstone/article_170e71fc-a1a9-5829-81ba-cc0f68e49755.html By Zach Benoit A group of more than 50 Billings area residents gathered on the north bank of the Yellowstone River at Coulson Park on Monday, chanting, waving signs and making a simple demand. Holding signs that said "Pay Your Fine" and "Take Responsibility," the group asked ExxonMobil Corp. to pay in full $1.7 million in penalties proposed by the federal government in relation a July 2011 spill that dumped 63,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River. "Today we're asking...
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