Archive: April, 2014

Proposed Otter Creek coal mine facing delays – Associated Press, April 27, 2014

April 28, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/proposed-montana-coal-mine-facing-delays/article_767b7887-cb90-531a-b371-0261d5294118.html By Matthew Brown A major new coal mine proposed for southeastern Montana has fallen more than two years behind its original permitting schedule. State Department of Environmental Quality officials say they need more information from St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc. to complete their environmental study of the proposed Otter Creek coal mine. The study must be finished before Arch can get a permit to mine an estimated 1.4 billion tons of coal it has leased southeast of Ashland near the Northern Cheyenne...
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Guest opinion: Good neighbor agreements take 2 sides

April 28, 2014
Mary E. Fitzpatrick, PhD, of Billings is a Northern Plains member and former Chair: Thanks, Gazette editorial board (“Getting along with Beartooth neighbors,” April 3), for highlighting a solution that could resolve community concerns around oil and gas development on the Beartooth Front: a happy medium where a healthy environment and industrial development can coexist, similar to the Good Neighbor Agreement with the Stillwater Mining Company. But it’s essential to remember that the Good Neighbor Agreement did not happen...
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Helenans rally in show of statewide support for climate change solutions – Helena Independent, Record April 27, 2014

April 28, 2014
http://helenair.com/news/local/helenans-rally-in-show-of-statewide-support-for-climate-change/article_58f50ea0-cdcd-11e3-9346-001a4bcf887a.html ‘PROTECTING OUR PLANET’ By Julie Baughman Dozens of Helenans gathered on the Capitol steps Saturday as part of a statewide movement urging state and federal officials to take action against climate change. Rallies supporting Montanans for Climate Solutions took place in 13 communities across the state Saturday in an effort to raise awareness about and discuss solutions for the global climate crisis. “It’s sort of a grassroots, organic coming together of citizens,” said Andres Haladay, a Helena city commissioner and master of ceremonies for the Helena rally. “It’s...
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Billings residents rally for climate solutions – Billings Gazette, April 27, 2014

April 28, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/billings-residents-rally-for-climate-solutions/article_2499cb17-e156-5d1b-a198-b41b38523ced.html By Mike Ferguson Carrying signs reading “More wind, less hot air” and “Companies get the profits,” about 85 people attended a noon rally Saturday calling for solutions for climate change. The Billings rally, held on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn, was one of 13 held across Montana on Saturday. Organizers said the Montana Rallies for Climate Solutions was put together in part to “address the many costs of coal.” The event was sponsored by Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council. The Billings crowd included...
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Fracking: In apparent first, family gets courtroom victory in health case – Christian Science Monitor, April 24, 2014

April 25, 2014
Although others have sued oil and gas companies over alleged injuries from fracking, most have settled in agreements that include gag orders. But in the case involving the Parr family, a jury awarded $2.95 million. By Gloria Goodale In what is being hailed as a landmark victory for opponents of hydraulic fracturing, a Texas family has won a $2.95 million verdict against a Plano oil and gas firm. Robert and Lisa Parr and their daughter claimed that airborne toxins from the 22...
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Music for the Mountains is April 28 at The Garage – Billings Gazette, April 23, 2014

April 22, 2014
By Jaci Webb A wide variety of local bands will perform at the “Music for the Mountains: Defend the Beartooth Front” benefit concert, Monday, April 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.'s Garage Pub. The event is free and open to the public. Participating bands include Satsang, Poetic Intelligence, Reid Perry and the Cold City Lights, and Lindsey Jacobsen. Spoken word poet Dave Caserio will perform with musician Alex Nauman. Other poets include Cara Chamberlain, James Hickman,...
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Music for the Mountains is April 28 at The Garage – Billings Gazette, April 23, 2014

April 22, 2014
By Jaci Webb A wide variety of local bands will perform at the “Music for the Mountains: Defend the Beartooth Front” benefit concert, Monday, April 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.'s Garage Pub. The event is free and open to the public. Participating bands include Satsang, Poetic Intelligence, Reid Perry and the Cold City Lights, and Lindsey Jacobsen. Spoken word poet Dave Caserio will perform with musician Alex Nauman. Other poets include Cara Chamberlain, James Hickman,...
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Letter: Climate change causes public health emergency

April 21, 2014
The following is written by doctors who are Northern Plains members: As local health professionals who care about the health of our patients and community, we feel responsible to speak out when public health is in danger. Climate change is the greatest threat to human health and survival. We are already seeing direct and indirect effects of injuries and deaths from wildfires, flooding and droughts; extreme heat-related illness; allergies and air pollution-related illness; and climate-sensitive infectious diseases. Given the health implications of...
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Guest opinion: Taxpayers lose, mining firms gain under flawed coal leasing

April 18, 2014
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...
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Guest opinion: Now is the time to cut back on coal

April 18, 2014
By Greg Tollefson Missoulian April 17, 2014 A week or so ago, you read about Jan and Harold Hoem and their documentary film, “Coal Road to China,” in this newspaper. And, if you were one of those fortunate enough to find a seat at one of the local showings last week, you may share my gratitude to the Hoems and the others who contributed to the effort to complete the film. I’m grateful because the film served to underscore what many have...
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