Archive: March, 2014

Locals resist a Bakkenization of the Beartooths – High Country News, March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014
http://www.hcn.org/articles/locals-resist-a-bakkenization-of-the-beartooths/article_view?b_start:int=0 South-central Montanans oppose new drilling, forewarned by fracking’s impacts in other states. By Sarah Jane Keller When Dave Lehnherr first heard that there was a possibility of oil and gas drilling starting up near his home in the foothills of south-central Montana’s postcard-perfect Beartooth Mountains, he asked environmental groups for help in stopping it. That was in 2012. The radiologist and outdoors enthusiast got some nibbles of interest, but no solid commitments. Then last October, an executive for a West Virginia-based...
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Locals resist a Bakkenization of the Beartooths – High Country News, March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014
http://www.hcn.org/articles/locals-resist-a-bakkenization-of-the-beartooths/article_view?b_start:int=0 South-central Montanans oppose new drilling, forewarned by fracking’s impacts in other states By Sarah Jane Keller When Dave Lehnherr first heard that there was a possibility of oil and gas drilling starting up near his home in the foothills of south-central Montana’s postcard-perfect Beartooth Mountains, he asked environmental groups for help in stopping it. That was in 2012. The radiologist and outdoors enthusiast got some nibbles of interest, but no solid commitments. Then last October, an executive for a West Virginia-based...
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Guest editorial: Was coal mine expansion the right decision? – Helena Independent Record, March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014
http://helenair.com/news/opinion/was-coal-mine-expansion-the-right-decision/article_a639c460-b646-11e3-87ef-0019bb2963f4.html By Duane Catlett The Montana Land Board did the expected last Tuesday by approving the Ohio-based Signal Peak Energy application to double the size of its Bull Mountain mine. Ignoring the mine’s effects on climate change and human health, in approving its expansion Gov. Bullock cited an additional $127.2 million in state revenue from taxes and royalties on the 640 acres of state coal reserves and the 325 workers whose jobs will supposedly contribute $40 million a year to the...
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Montana Senators lobby for Indian coal production tax credit revival – Billings Gazette, March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/montana-senators-lobby-for-coal-production-tax-credit-revival/article_1bc8fc48-e99b-57fc-bbc7-feadf57fa6ce.html By Tom Lutey Montana's U.S. senators are attempting to revive the Indian coal production tax credit, used by the Apsaalooke Nation to promote coal mining on the Crow Indian Reservation. “At a time when we are all focused on job creation, we believe extending this tax credit plays an important role in achieving that goal for tribes that face a significantly higher unemployment rate,” said Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh, D-Mont., in a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron...
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Study: Homes near rail lines face exposure to harmful emissions – Vancouver Sun, March 23, 2014

March 27, 2014
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Homes+near+rail+lines+face+exposure+harmful+emissions+study/9652314/story.html University of Washington study sparks renewed calls for health study for Surrey coal project By Gordon Hoekstra A University of Washington study has found residents near rail lines face increased exposure to harmful microscopic particles from diesel emissions. The study also found residents are exposed to larger particles, possibly from coal trains. The study, accepted for publication this month in the online journal Atmospheric Pollution Research, provides some of the first measurements of emission effects of coal train traffic through neighbourhoods in the...
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Court blocks ‘top-two’ primary referendum from appearing on 2014 ballot – Lee State Bureau, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_6111a737-6f39-57b3-a99c-2051bbfc32fe.html By Chuck Johnson HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the state from placing on the November ballot a legislative referendum to change how the state’s primary elections work. The Republican majorities in the House and Senate in 2013 put Legislative Referendum 127 on the ballot. Some unions and another group went directly to the Supreme Court to ask that it be stripped from the ballot on legal grounds. In a 6-1 decision, the court majority ruled that the title of...
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FERC: Montana PSC rules improperly hindering independent, renewable power projects – Lee State Bureau, March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/ferc-montana-psc-rules-improperly-hindering-independent-renewable-power-projects/article_f180df7e-2ba3-581e-9bbe-666171735f54.html By Mike Dennison HELENA — In a strongly worded ruling, a federal commission Thursday said Montana Public Service Commission rules are improperly hindering small, renewable-power projects in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the PSC rules create an “unreasonable obstacle” for the projects to get contracts to sell their power to utilities, as well as go against a federal law meant to encourage development of the independently owned projects. The unanimous FERC ruling was not an enforcement action against the...
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Guest opinion: Taxpayers lose, mining firms gain under flawed coal leasing – Billings Gazette, March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-taxpayers-lose-mining-firms-gain-under-flawed-coal/article_ab7733b7-479a-5dad-a21d-2d47b112f2cb.html By Walter Archer Two recent congressional investigations point to the loss of millions of dollars to the public due to flaws in the way the Bureau of Land Management manages federal coal, including large holdings in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. As a lifelong resident of the region, this matters to me for multiple reasons, including the fact that local and state governments are short-changed when the BLM gives away public coal at below market value. The Government Accountability Office issued...
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Grain trains delayed by weather, construction, oil – Billings Gazette, March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/grain-trains-delayed-by-weather-construction-oil/article_66d60f11-baeb-57c7-87b7-491fde17e6e4.html?comment_form=true By Tom Lutey Montana farmers are struggling to get their wheat to Pacific ports, as weather, construction and traffic take a toll on grain trains. Wheat has been slow to move to the Pacific Northwest for several months and there is now talk of the 2013 crop still being shipped when this year’s harvest begins in late July. That’s not good news for Montana’s wheat economy, which has had annual sales exceeding $1 billion for five of the last six years....
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Editorial board: Now is the time to reform coal lease process – Casper Star-Tribune, March 13, 2014

March 14, 2014
http://trib.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-board-now-is-the-time-to-reform-coal-lease/article_cfc05c39-949e-5d76-8b8b-e14bee195a78.html?fb_action_ids=10153949452445085&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=.UyMSp2RuPLw.like The market did what environmental groups and some lawmakers couldn't: settle a virtual moratorium on new coal leases in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. We think the de facto stoppage of new coal leases provides just the opportunity for the federal government to reform its coal leasing process to make sure taxpayers get their fair share from the minerals they own. Instead of responding favorably to the moratorium demand, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell should instead commit to reforms proposed in the recent Government Accountability...
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