Category: Newspaper editorial

Billings Gazette editorial: Montana can’t stake its future on coal – Jan. 21, 2016

January 21, 2016
Billings Gazette Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected that U.S. coal-fired power generation will continue to decline and be offset by an increase from renewable sources. Coal is projected to decrease from 34 percent of generation in 2015 to 33 percent in 2017. China’s economy is growing more slowly than at any time in the past two decades. More than 190 nations have agreed that public policy must limit carbon dioxide emissions in efforts to slow climate change. Much...
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Montanans travel to Spokane to oppose Vancouver oil terminal – Missoulian, Jan. 16, 2016

January 19, 2016
By Kim Briggeman A proposal to build one of the largest oil terminals in North America in Vancouver, Washington, has drawn the ire of Montanans along the southern rail route from the Bakken oil fields. The Northern Plains Resource Council organized an all-day caravan from Billings to attend a public hearing in Spokane Valley Thursday evening on a draft environmental impact statement for the Vancouver Energy Terminal. Foremost among the Montanans’ talking points: The EIS acknowledges only the northern rail route through...
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Western groups welcome Department of Interior’s major reforms of federal coal program – Jan. 15,2016

January 15, 2016
By Northern Plains Resource Council and Western Organization of Resource Councils Today, the Department of Interior announced a complete review of the federal coal program. The review comes in response to calls from citizens from across the nation, including many from the coalfield communities of Wyoming and Montana. Thousands of Westerners participated in listening sessions or offered written comments last summer and fall in response to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s call for an “open and honest conversation” about...
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Arch Coal bankruptcy ripples across American coal sector – Casper Star-Tribune, Jan. 13, 2016

January 13, 2016
By Benjamin Storrow Questions over Arch Coal's bankruptcy filing rippled across the country Tuesday, at once illustrating the mining giant's far-reaching influence and the depths of the downturn that consumed it. In Appalachia and the Illinois Basin, the question was whether the company's mines would be sold or shuttered. Reclamation was the chief issue in Wyoming, where the company's two surface mines have $457 million in unsecured cleanup liabilities. Montanans sought answers about the fate of a railroad project serving a proposed 1.4...
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Montana mine project tangled in coal company bankruptcy – Billings Gazette, Jan. 13, 2016

January 13, 2016
By Tom Lutey Montana officials are proceeding cautiously with the $86 million Otter Creek Mine project now that developer Arch Coal has filed for bankruptcy. At issue is whether the St. Louis-based coal company has the wherewithal to complete the environmental research necessary to open the mine. Facing $5 billion in debt and a sour coal economy, Arch Coal filed for bankruptcy Monday. An estimated 1.4 billion tons of minable coal are in the Otter Creek area. State officials said they weren’t...
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Press release: Arch Coal bankruptcy leaves Montana projects in doubt – Jan. 12, 2016

January 12, 2016
BILLINGS, Mont. – While the proposed developer of the Otter Creek Mine in southeastern Montana entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, Arch Coal Inc. still is a major player in several projects that would affect Montanans. Arch Coal is the sole owner of Otter Creek Coal LLC, which has been trying for years to obtain a mining permit to open the Otter Creek strip mine in southeastern Montana. Arch is also a one-third owner of the Tongue River Railroad, which...
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Press release: Otter Creek Mine developer Arch Coal enters bankruptcy – Jan. 11, 2016

January 11, 2016
By Northern Plains Resource Council ​BILLINGS, Mont. – The proposed developer of the Otter Creek Mine in southeastern Montana entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy today (Monday, Jan. 11). Arch Coal Inc., is the second-largest U.S. coal company by production volume, and is the sole owner of Otter Creek Coal LLC, which has been trying for years to obtain a mining permit to open the Otter Creek mine. “This bankruptcy casts doubt on three major projects that affect...
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Arch Coal files for bankruptcy protection – Casper Star-Tribune, Jan. 11, 2016

January 11, 2016
By Benjamin Storrow Northern Plains note: Arch also has proposed mining the Otter Creek coal tracts near Ashland, Mont., and has a one-third interest in the proposed Tongue River Railroad that would haul Otter Creek coal to the main BNSF line across Montana.It also has a one-third interest in a proposed coal export facility in Longview, Wash. Arch Coal, the second largest coal company in America and the operator of the Black Thunder mine near Wright, filed for bankruptcy Monday. Arch executives characterized the...
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Bullock announces members of interim Clean Power Plan Advisory Council – Lee State Bureau, Jan. 5, 2015

January 5, 2016
COLSTRIP — In the shadow of one of the nation's largest coal-fired power plants, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday a 27-member advisory council to help the state navigate the requirements laid out by the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Interim Clean Power Plan Advisory Council members are: Sen. Duane Ankney, Colstrip — Senate District 20, member of the Energy and Telecommunication Interim Committee. Carl Borquist, Bozeman — Founder and president, Absaroka Energy LLC. Kirk Bushman, Billings — Montana Public Service Commission member representing...
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Mine layoffs preceded by cut in coal shipments, reports show – Billings Gazette, Jan 1, 2016

January 5, 2016
By Tom Lutey In the weeks leading up to 66 job cuts at its Montana coal mine, Signal Peak Energy was scaling back exports to sagging global markets, according to shipping company reports. Details of the slowdown were reported in early December by Vancouver, B.C.,-based Westshore Terminals, operator of North America’s largest coal export terminal. It’s the terminal from which Signal Peak coal is shipped by a U.S. firm called Global Coal Sales group. Mine layoffs, which began Tuesday, were officially announced...
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