Archive: November, 2013

Defend the Beartooth Front

November 19, 2013
Get involved and help defend the Beartooth Front against devastating oil & gas development. For more information, call or e-mail Maggie at (406)248-1154 or maggie@northernplains.org.
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Fracking boom gives banks mortgage headaches – American Banker magazine, Nov. 12, 2013

November 13, 2013
http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/178_218/fracking-boom-gives-banks-mortgage-headaches-1063561-1.html By Andy Peters An East Coast oil boom has promised potential riches to lucky landowners. But the oil rush may cause big headaches for some unlucky banks. At least three institutions — Tompkins Financial (TMP) in Ithaca, N.Y., Spain's Santander Bank and State Employees' Credit Union in Raleigh, N.C. — are refusing to make mortgages on land where oil or gas rights have been sold to an energy company. Due to technological advances in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, huge swaths of territory are potential...
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Letter: Keep Bakken-style boom out of the Beartooths – Billings Gazette, Nov. 10, 2013

November 12, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/keep-bakken-style-boom-out-of-the-beartooths/article_cad92f08-244c-5734-9c15-2bdf2ea77ddb.html I read with alarm and dismay the recent Billings Gazette article concerning Energy Corporation of America’s proposal to develop oil reserves in the Beartooth front through the fracking process. Do we really want to see the type of increase in strip joints, drug use, prostitution, gambling and general violent crime that has accompanied the development in the Bakken? Finally, who's going to pay for the damage to the infrastructure of the communities involved? The impact on the roads, bridges and...
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Letter: Short-term profits cause long-term ruin – Billings Gazette, Nov. 10, 2013

November 12, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/short-term-profits-cause-long-term-ruin/article_5451f8cd-eede-5786-b648-0d69f7598a33.html Whenever a corporation wants to drill, frack, extract, explore, it is always presented as a great opportunity for the community. We are not that stupid. Montana's ranchers depend on water for their livelihoods. The state has been in a quasi-drought state for years. Fracking utilizes enormous amounts of water and the benefits? Well, the economic benefits accrue to the corporation, in this case Energy Corporation of America. Energy Corporation of America is a short term investor in Montana. Fracking and other...
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Letter: Development of renewable energy good for children – Billings Gazette, Nov. 10, 2013

November 11, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_c7a10e73-d247-5540-9a35-58e95c1ad803.html This week, state lawmakers will meet to continue their review of the environmental and economic impacts of the state's renewable energy standard. The law, passed in 2005, requires that the state's investor owned utilities purchase at least 15 percent of their power from new, clean, renewable energy sources by the year 2015. Utilities are now on track to meet that goal, and in the process of complying with the law, the development of new Montana wind and hydro resources...
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Press release: New report finds oil and gas regulations do not protect local residents and communities – Nov. 7, 2013

November 7, 2013
By Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. — A new report released today during a teleconference by Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) shows how regulatory systems are failing to protect residents and communities from the harmful effects of oil and gas development. The report, Watered Down, identifies and examines the dangers to water quality posed by oil and gas production in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. “Our members, mostly rural ranchers and farmers, are being showered with pollutants, running...
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Letter: Fracking opposition based on scientific facts – Billings Gazette, Nov. 3, 2013

November 4, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/fracking-opposition-based-on-scientific-facts/article_d9174fb8-c2ea-5782-a5c0-fcfe679b84ed.html This lettter to the editor also appeared in the Carbon County News The public announcement that Energy Corporation of America is going to "Bakkenize" Carbon County is a nightmare. There have been recent claims stating that some residents of Carbon County are suffering from a lack of accurate information on fracking, just because we oppose it. The accuser, of course, is affiliated with an energy company. I decided to do my own research. Here are a few facts that I...
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Climate change seen posing risk to food supplies – New York Times, Nov. 1, 2013

November 4, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/science/earth/science-panel-warns-of-risks-to-food-supply-from-climate-change.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131102&_r=0 By Justin Gillis Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found. In a departure from an earlier assessment, the scientists concluded that rising temperatures will have some beneficial effects on crops in some places, but that globally they will make it harder for crops to thrive — perhaps reducing production over all...
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