Category: Pipeline

Montana tribes fight Keystone XL pipeline, revived by Trump – Rolling Stone, April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017
Tribal members are trying to negotiate with TransCanada to reroute the pipeline downstream of their water supply By Hunter Pauli Members of the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana are trying to negotiate with energy company TransCanada to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline downstream of their drinking water source after past oil drilling destroyed their reservation's aquifer. The Fort Peck reservation is bordered on the south by the Missouri River, with its tribal seat of...
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Saving seed: Seed Bill reaches Montana governor’s desk – The Prairie Star, April 10, 2017

April 18, 2017
By Sarah Brown HELENA, Mont. – A bill that would prohibit Montana cities and counties from regulating seeds passed the House, and in early April, was sitting on Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk. Senate Bill 155, commonly known as the “Seed Bill,” would disallow local governments from regulating the “cultivation, harvesting, production, processing, registration, labeling, marketing, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, possession, notification of use, use and planting of agricultural seeds or vegetable seeds.” The bill would not disturb the zoning rights of...
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Letter: Urge legislators to support PACE – Missoulian, April 9, 2017

April 10, 2017
It’s not often that we see bills in the legislature that help homeowners and businesses, generate jobs, and support our economy but cost nothing to the taxpayer. But Senate Bill 330 does just that, allowing property owners to invest in clean energy. Known as Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE), this bill will boost investment in clean and efficient energy technology through private capital using the same tried-and-true system that helps build other public infrastructure like sidewalks, roads and sewer systems....
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Letter: Protect taxpayers from speculators – Billings Gazette, April 9, 2017

April 10, 2017
The Legislature is struggling to come up with a state budget, some saying that revenues are not there to fund many government responsibilities. This means that programs to support children, the elderly, the sick, our public libraries, our schools and many other services that Montanans rely on could be cut. But, at the same time, some of these same legislators believe they need to pass SB235, which would allow corporations to indefinitely lock up public resources without paying their...
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Letter: Seed bill strips away local control – Billings Gazette, April 8, 2017

April 10, 2017
Senate Bill 155 is an egregious overreach by out of state groups to take local control from Montanans. This bill would change Montana seed laws and take away power from the hands of our local officials, which is where it has been for decades, and where it should stay. The language from SB155 can be found in several other state legislatures right now, all developed by a pay-to-play group funded by Monsanto, Dow and the Koch brothers. Well, Montanans aren’t...
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Letter: Leases should lapse if there’s no mining – Billings Gazette, April 8, 2017

April 10, 2017
The legislature and Gov. Bullock need to reject Senate Bill 235. It’s bad public policy and encourages economic speculation at the expense of Montana landowners. The bill could indefinitely extend leases for taxpayer-owned minerals to coal companies who haven’t broken ground for a decade. If you aren’t mining, you shouldn’t be tying up resources on speculation. I ranch and irrigate on the Tongue River south of Miles City, and for many years, my ranch was under threat of condemnation by...
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Kentucky Coal Mining Museum switches to solar power – Washington Post, April 6, 2017

April 7, 2017
By Travis Andrews Housed in a former commissary building and tucked into the hollers of Harlan County — the heart of Kentucky mining country — is a museum dedicated to all aspects of extracting coal from the state’s mountains. Mining equipment decorates its walls, while a two-ton block of coal at the front door greets visitors. Children can climb on the museum’s 1940s model electric locomotive that once carried Kentucky men into the mines. An exhibit dedicated to Loretta Lynn (who wrote and who is...
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Thousands of defects found on oil train routes – Associated Press, April 5, 2017

April 5, 2017
By Matt Brown BILLINGS, Mont. — Government inspections of railroads that haul volatile crude oil across the United States have uncovered almost 24,000 safety defects, including problems similar to those blamed in derailments that triggered massive fires or oil spills in Oregon, Virginia, Montana and elsewhere, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The safety defects were discovered during targeted federal inspections on almost 58,000 miles of oil train routes in 44 states. The inspection program began two years ago...
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Conservation group: Keystone XL pipeline a threat to Montana’s water – Public News Service, March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017
By Eric Tegethoff GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A conservation group in Montana on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would travel through the state and across two of its major rivers. The Trump administration approved the pipeline last week based on a 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, which conservation groups around the country say is outdated, failing to take into account recent oil spills, including two on the Yellowstone River, and the effects of climate change. The pipeline would...
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Press release: Northern Plains lead plaintiff in lawsuit against Keystone XL presidential permit – March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017
By Northern Plains Resource Council The Northern Plains Resource Council today filed as lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The suit was filed in federal district court in Great Falls. The lawsuit has been brought with a coalition of environmental groups. Northern Plains, a Montana-based conservation and family agriculture group, is challenging the permit based on outdated and incomplete information used to determine the project’s threat to the health of water,...
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