Archive: January, 2014

Press release: Impacted rancher opposes Keystone XL – Jan. 31, 2014

January 31, 2014
Link to Final EIS By Northern Plains Resource Council “The Northern Plains Resource Council believes that careful analysis of the just-released final Environmental Impact Statement will show that it is far short of demonstrating that the Keystone XL pipeline would be in the national interest,” said Darrell Garoutte, a Northern Plains member and rancher whose land would be crossed by the pipeline in McCone County, Montana. “The release of the final EIS means that it is now time for citizens, especially...
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Chemical spill in West Virginia only latest, most high-profile case of coal tainting U.S. waters – Associated Press, Jan. 18, 2014

January 21, 2014
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/c497e719b2354e52a57f594c636531c5/US--Coal-Water-Pollution/#.UtwFbBb0Ddd By DINA CAPPIELLO and SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON — The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands in West Virginia was only the latest and most high-profile case of coal sullying the nation's waters. For decades, chemicals and waste from the coal industry have tainted hundreds of waterways and groundwater supplies, spoiling private wells, shutting down fishing and rendering streams virtually lifeless, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal environmental data. But because these contaminants are released gradually and in...
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Copper exploration project approved near White Sulphur Springs – KXLH TV, Jan. 16, 2014

January 16, 2014
http://www.kxlh.com/news/copper-exploration-project-approved-near-white-sulphur-springs/ By John Sherer and Sanjay Talwani BOZEMAN - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved a permit for mineral exploration at a site north of White Sulphur Springs by Tintina Alaska Exploration Inc. Tintina, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, calls the mining effort the Black Butte Copper Project; it's located on 12,000 acres of private land about 15 miles north of White Sulphur Springs. The DEQ says it received about 4,000 comments from the public during and after a public meeting...
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Guest opinion: Citizens can make difference in Beartooth development – Billings Gazette, Jan. 13, 2014

January 14, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-citizens-can-make-difference-in-beartooth-development/article_c02747c5-6cd5-5b62-acf4-424aec22fb08.html By David Katz A Jan. 3 guest opinion paints a gloomy picture of the inevitability of oil drilling along the Beartooth Front. “Once you see the first well being drilled,” Christopher Eckoff says, “it is too late to stop the oil industry.” It doesn’t have to be that way. Recent Montana history shows things can be different here. The process Eckoff describes is exactly what happened in the Bakken. Like many Western states, Montana has laws that are favorable to mineral, oil...
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Letter: Oil board doesn’t care about Montana opinions – Bozeman Chronicle, Jan. 14, 2014

January 14, 2014
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/article_e8664826-7d35-11e3-a5e8-001a4bcf887a.html On Dec. 9, the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation canceled a scheduled public comment hearing on Energy Corporations of America’s oil well planned along the Beartooth Front. Because of their decision, affected landowners and concerned Montanans had no opportunity to officially voice their concerns about its development. The BOGC’s repression of citizens’ voices indicates that the loyalty of the board may lie with the industry. Given the BOGC’s membership is comprised of three representatives of the oil and gas...
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Citizens can make difference in Beartooth development – Billings Gazette – January 13, 2014

January 14, 2014
A Jan. 3 guest opinion paints a gloomy picture of the inevitability of oil drilling along the Beartooth Front. “Once you see the first well being drilled,” Christopher Eckoff says, “it is too late to stop the oil industry.” It doesn’t have to be that way. Recent Montana history shows things can be different here. The process Eckoff describes is exactly what happened in the Bakken. Like many Western states, Montana has laws that are favorable to mineral, oil and gas...
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Letter: Oil board doesn’t care about Montana opinions – Bozeman Chronicle, Jan. 14, 2014

January 14, 2014
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/article_e8664826-7d35-11e3-a5e8-001a4bcf887a.html On Dec. 9, the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation canceled a scheduled public comment hearing on Energy Corporations of America’s oil well planned along the Beartooth Front. Because of their decision, affected landowners and concerned Montanans had no opportunity to officially voice their concerns about its development. The BOGC’s repression of citizens’ voices indicates that the loyalty of the board may lie with the industry. Given the BOGC’s membership is comprised of three representatives of the oil and gas...
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Beartooth fracking challenge could affect Shields Valley – Bozeman Chronicle, Jan. 12, 2014

January 13, 2014
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/environment/article_dcd95340-7b0f-11e3-a65a-001a4bcf887a.html#user-comment-area By Laura Lundquist Just as Montanans living on the east side of the Beartooth Mountains sue to recover their right to comment on nearby oil development, people living east of the Bridger Range could face similar hurdles in the future. On Wednesday in Yellowstone County District Court, the Carbon County Resource Council and the Northern Plains Resource Council sued the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation after residents and organizations were not allowed to comment during a public meeting on...
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Shut out of BOGC hearing, testifiers sue – Public News Service, Jan 9, 2014

January 9, 2014
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-01-09/rural-farming/shut-out-of-bogc-hearing-testifiers-sue/a36748-1 By Deb Courson Smith RED LODGE, Mont. - A decision by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) to cancel public comments at a meeting to decide an oil well permit is being challenged in court. Two groups are suing: Carbon County Resource Council (CCRC) and Northern Plains Resource Council. The BOGC said those wanting to protest publicly had not filed all the needed paperwork to do so. Deb Muth, chair of the Carbon County Resource Council, Red Lodge,...
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Conservationists seek judge to overturn drilling permit granted without public hearing – Billings Gazette, Jan. 9, 2014

January 9, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/conservationists-seek-judge-to-overturn-drilling-permit-granted-without-public/article_950f67a6-e8e6-56b5-b8f6-8e89283169c3.html By Jan Falstad Conservation groups that have lined up against oil extraction along southern Montana's Beartooth mountains sued a state oversight board on Wednesday after it approved an initial drilling permit without a public hearing. The Northern Plains Resource Council and affiliated Carbon County Resource Council want a judge to void the drilling permit awarded last month to Energy Corporation of America. The groups' attorney claims the state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation violated public participation requirements when it canceled a...
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