Archive: May, 2014

Guest opinion: New thinking needed to solve energy problems – Billings Gazette, May 28, 2014

May 29, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-new-thinking-needed-to-solve-energy-problems/article_f693cf70-4c26-5bdb-86df-b6baeb7a263b.html By Ben Reed Albert Einstein said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, has indicated his state wants to transition away from fossil fuels toward clean and renewable fuels. For some Montanans, this signals a further decline in a historic industry because Montana supplies some of the electricity for Washington from coal-fired power plants. Instead of fighting it, we should accept it and capitalize on it. For...
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Editorial: Phasing out coal for energy is right — and smart – Tacoma News Tribune, May 23, 2014

May 27, 2014
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/23/3207846/phasing-out-coal-for-energy-is.html?sp=/99/447/ Among sources of energy, “coal” is the four-letter word. It’s often dangerous to extract from the ground. Its shipment on coal trains clogs traffic in urban areas. And when it’s burned to produce electricity, either here or when shipped abroad, it adds to the greenhouse gases that scientists say contribute to global warming.Here in the Pacific Northwest — with its abundant hydropower, access to natural gas and growing wind power feeding into the electric grid — it’s hard to believe...
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Press release update: Citizen action stops oil driller’s illegal water use – May 21, 2014

May 21, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council After local residents and members of Northern Plains Resource Council alerted the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), the state agency put a stop to illegal water use by oil drillers near Belfry. According to state water law, Ron Wolfe, the gravel pit owner was illegally selling water to the Energy Corporation of America (ECA) for the new well. DNRC officials in Billings said the gravel pit owner does not have a water right...
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Press release: Landowners demand action against oil driller’s illegal water use – May 21, 2014

May 21, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council Today, local farmers and members of Carbon County Resource Council filed a complaint to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to report the illegal use of water. This weekend the Energy Corporation of America (ECA) began drilling a controversial oil well three miles northeast of Belfry. Trucks were seen taking water from a nearby gravel pit and delivering it to the ECA drill site. Currently, there is no water right or permit for...
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Press release: Landowners demand action against oil drillers’ illegal water use – May 21, 2014

May 21, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council Today, local farmers and members of Carbon County Resource Council filed a complaint to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to report the illegal use of water. This weekend the Energy Corporation of America (ECA) began drilling a controversial oil well three miles northeast of Belfry. Trucks were seen taking water from a nearby gravel pit and delivering it to the ECA drill site. Currently, there is no water right or permit for...
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Oil wells on Billings’ doorstep under consideration – Last Best News, May 21, 2014

May 21, 2014
http://lastbestnews.com/site/2014/05/oil-wells-on-billings-doorstep/ Kris Spanjian talks with Paul Van Tricht about the possibility of oil and gas development taking place on her property off Molt Road. In the background are the pens where her husband, a falconer, raises pheasants and other game birds. By Ed Kemmick In February, the Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council called a meeting in downtown Billings to support residents of Carbon and Stillwater counties as they braced for an onslaught of oil and gas drilling. Mary Fitzpatrick, one of the organizers of...
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Lawsuit filed over Bull Mountain coal lease – KTVQ-TV, May 14, 2014

May 15, 2014
http://www.ktvq.com/news/lawsuit-filed-over-bull-mountain-coal-lease/ By Jay Kohn BILLINGS - Landowners living near the Signal Peak Coal Mine in the Bull Mountains north of Billings are suing the Bureau of Land Management. Their lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Billings recently seeks to force the agency to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) into the impact of expanded coal mining in the area. Northern Plains Resource Council Chair Steve Charter said the lawsuit is not aimed at stopping the mine, but rather to force the...
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Northern Plains files suit over federal coal lease in Bull Mountains – May 14, 2014

May 14, 2014
Landowners concerned about impacts on ranching, coal giveaway Copy of complaint>> By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- Landowners filed suit today against a 2012 federal coal lease in Musselshell County. The suit filed in Federal District Court alleges that the BLM failed to look at impacts that coal mining is having on ranching in the Bull Mountains. Ranchers argue that the lease, if mined, could push them off their land. A huge subsidence crack on Ellen Pfister's...
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Guest opinion: Fast Track wrong deal for Montana ag, workers – Billings Gazette, May 14, 2014

May 14, 2014
Ed Gulick is Past Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council and Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council: Regarding his letter of June 26, I respectfully suggest that Phillip Boggio use a less ad hoc method to learn about global warming and what is causing it. The scientific community has a powerful, rigorous process for ascertaining truth and is inherently very skeptical and conservative in reaching conclusions. Yet, they have found global warming to be scientifically supported. Fortunately, thousands of climate scientists have...
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Letter: Building Keystone XL would be like digging our graves

May 12, 2014
Tim Crawford is a Northern Plains member from Belgrade, MT -- OK, the XL Pipeline will provide some jobs, even if not as many as its promoters have said, nevertheless real jobs in both the short and long term. I have a bit of trouble with giving a man a job by providing him with a shovel with which to dig his own and our collective grave. If you have trouble with this concept, may I suggest that you haven't...
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