Category: Oil and gas

Letter: Radioactive oil waste threatens Montana – Billings Gazette, Aug. 2, 2016

August 2, 2016
Since the height of the recent oil boom, Montana Department of Environmental Quality has been allowing a landfill in eastern Montana to accept radioactive oil waste, mainly, if not all, from North Dakota. It opened in June 2013, primarily as a result of the then-difference in North Dakota and Montana radioactivity waste limits — North Dakota's being 5 and Montana's being 30. With no federal agency regulating oil and gas byproducts, leaving tracking and handling up to states, and...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Landowner Rights, News, Oil and gas


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Red Tractor Pizza a part of farm-to-table movement

July 27, 2016
As a part of this July’s Montana Local Food Challenge, this week’s blog features an interview with Adam Paccione, who co-owns Red Tractor Pizza with Tiffany Lach (see Tiffany’s interview). Red Tractor is a sponsor of the Challenge. Be sure to check them out the next time you’re in Bozeman. Where are you from, what brought you to Montana? What got you interested in working in food service? What was your first restaurant experience like? I'm from Massena, New York,  a...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Food, News, Plains Speaking


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Letter: Montana needs new oil, gas waste rules – July 24, 2016

July 25, 2016
Our neighbors in North Dakota have recently enacted new rules to comprehensively track and regulate the disposal of oil and gas waste of up to 50 picocuries per gram of radium. In late 2015, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality raised our state’s radioactivity limit — without taking any public comment — to 50 as well. Coupled with the fact that no North Dakota disposal facilities have amended permits to accept waste up to 50 picocuries, this effectively results...
Categories: Clean Water, Letters, News, Oil and gas


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Letter: Climate changes bigger threat than terrorism – Billings Gazette, July 23, 2016

July 25, 2016
No one who has listened or watched our national media is unaware of how powerful fear is as a factor in American politics. Donald Trump appeals to our fear of Muslims and immigrants. Hillary Clinton assures us that her experience will keep us safe. Great Britain, France, and South and North Korea all remind us that the “other” is out to get us. The so-called Islamic State continues to terrorize the world claiming “credit” for attacks in Paris, Nice...
Categories: Clean Energy, Climate change, Letters, News


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Carbon County requires distance between oil wells, homes – Billings Gazette, July 7, 2016

July 19, 2016
By Tom Lutey Homeowners demanding distance from oil drilling declared victory in Montana in Carbon County, where wells can no longer be closer to homes than 750 feet. The Carbon County Commission added the distance to its growth policy. Homeowners said the space was needed to protect the water of homeowners living with oil and gas development. The setbacks were first sought more than two years ago when Energy Corp. of America began drilling along the front range of the Beartooth Mountains....
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Press release: Carbon County approves countywide landowner protections from oil and gas development – July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016
RED LODGE, Mont. – In a victory for private property rights, Carbon County Commissioners today approved a resolution to protect water resources and landowners from being harmed by oil and gas development. The new protections are part of Carbon County’s Development Regulations, and give landowners the right to receive baseline water testing, a 750-foot minimum distance (or “setbacks”) of oil and gas development from homes, and dust control on roads. These regulations have not been updated since 1989 and follow...
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Rhythms by the River is July 23 with Wally McRae, Stephanie Davis – Billings Gazette

July 15, 2016
By Jaci Webb The Hobble Diamond Ranch near Big Timber will host the Rhythms by the River concert on Saturday, July 23. The concert runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and features Wally McRae and Stephanie Davis. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at gate. The event includes music, poetry, dinner, a raffle and a silent auction. Gates open and food is served at 4 p.m., music and poetry begin at 5. A print by artist Clyde Aspevig will be raffled off. The...
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Film festival looks at food as part of larger conversation – Last Best News, July 2, 2016

July 7, 2016
By Ed Kemmick The Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council is partnering with Art House Cinema & Pub to present a Food Film Festival on three Tuesday evenings this month. The tagline for the festival is “Films about how what we eat matters for people and the planet.” The festival is part of the larger Community Food Campaign sponsored by the Northern Plains Resource Council, of which the YVCC is an affiliate. Cori Hart, chair of the Community Food Campaign, said the three films “engage different aspects of...
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Obama admin changing coal royalty program to boost revenue – The Associated Press, July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016
WASHINGTON — The Interior Department said Thursday it is changing the way it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure mining companies are not shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia and other markets. A final rule issued Thursday comes after coal exports surged in recent years amid a weak U.S. market. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the updated rule will ensure that taxpayers receive "every dollar due" from coal leases on federal lands, a billion-dollar-a-year program...
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Guest opinion: Keys to future prosperity in Montana’s coal country – Billings Gazette, July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016
By Walt Gulick Coal sales are down. Coal mining corporations are declaring bankruptcy. Some coal generated power plants are closing. Quite naturally folks in Colstrip and across Montana’s coal country are anxious about threats to their paychecks and way of life. Tax monies for coal mining counties are also at stake. What might be done to help such folks and their communities? Sen. Steve Daines called a town hall meeting at Montana State University Billings on June 21 to address such issues....
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