Category: Northern Plains Resource Council

Billings Gazette opinion: Look at U.S. costs of free trade pacts – April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Vietnam this week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, which President Obama has made a centerpiece of his effort to expand U.S. influence in the Pacific Rim. According to the USDA, within eight years the TPP would eliminate Vietnamese tariffs on beef that now run as high as 35 percent. The U.S. exported $32.3 million in beef to Vietnam last year. On wheat, TPP also would end Vietnamese tariffs of up to 35 percent...
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Methane: The most important mystery about U.S. climate change policy – Washington Post, April 13, 2016

April 18, 2016
By Chris Mooney On the surface, it looks like extraordinarily good news. The United States is burning less coal — less of the fuel that contributes the most carbon dioxide to the atmosphere when burned. Instead, we’re swapping in cleaner burning natural gas, which could serve as a “bridge” to an era in which wind and solar provide the bulk of the nation’s power. And carbon dioxide emissions are already lower as a result. Yet there’s a nagging problem here that just won’t go away. Environmentalists have...
Categories: Climate change, News, Oil and gas


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Arch executives got over $8 million in bonuses the day before bankruptcy – Public News Service, March 30, 2016

March 30, 2016
Eric Galatas CHEYENNE, WY. - Arch Coal paid top executives over $8 million in bonuses one business day before filing for bankruptcy in January, according to a new report from Environment and Energy Daily. Twelve company insiders also received almost 88,000 "phantom stock" derivatives worth more than $70,000 the same day. Report coauthor Dylan Brown says the bankruptcy court will review all transactions taking place within 90 days of filing. "The phantom stock, as well as the bonuses themselves, are within that 90-day time...
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Press release: Rally calls for more renewable energy in Montana’s future – March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016
By Northern Plains Resource council BILLINGS, Mont. – About 70 people braved cold, wet weather Tuesday to promote clean-energy alternatives – such as solar, wind, and energy efficiency -- for the future of Montana’s economy and to help stop climate change. The clean-energy rally on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn was sponsored by Northern Plains Resource Council, a Billings-based conservation and family agriculture group. Ralliers highlighted a lack of representation of renewable-energy options at Senator Steve Daines’ three-day Montana Energy Conference that...
Categories: Clean Energy, News, Northern Plains Resource Council


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The view from Missoula – Otter Creek Coal pursuit suspended – Missoula Independent, March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016
By Alex Sakariassen When Carolyn Walker first heard last week that Arch Coal had suspended its permitting efforts for a massive mine in southeastern Montana, it came in the form of a phone call from fellow coal activist Louise Dunlop in Washington, D.C., Dunlop was "in tears," Walker recalls, overjoyed that the longstanding battle over Otter Creek had apparently come to an end. Walker too was heartened. While she now lives in Missoula, she ranched in the Tongue River country throughout...
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Citizen groups challenge plans to green light huge fossil fuel development in Powder River Basin – E-News Park Forest, March 15, 2016

March 16, 2016
BLM plans span 10 million acres, 81 billion tons of coal GREAT FALLS, Mont. –  A plan to keep open vast amounts of public land in Montana and Wyoming for fossil fuel development and drilling is short-sighted and fails to consider dramatic changes in energy markets that make such thinking both obsolete and financially risky, a coalition of conservation groups contend in a lawsuit filed today. The Bureau of Land Management’s final Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the Buffalo, Wyoming and Miles City, Montana field offices...
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Coal’s latest retreat: Arch backs away from huge Montana mine – Inside Climate News, March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016
The country's second-largest coal company, while in bankruptcy, cites continuing market woes in permit suspension By Matthew Frank (Mountain West News) The writing has been on the wall as domestic and global coal markets have evaporated, but the announcement last week by St. Louis-based Arch Coal still came with a loud thud. Arch, the second largest U.S. coal producer, now in bankruptcy, announced it would no longer seek a permit...
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Group hosting community meeting on future of Corette plant site – Billings Gazette, March 12, 2016

March 14, 2016
A coalition of Billings businesses and organizations will gather for what’s being billed as a “Corette Site Design Charrette” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at First Church in Billings, 310 N. 27th St. According to a news release from the Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council, the charrette — defined as a gathering in which a project’s stakeholders attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions — will be a “community visioning session about future uses of the former Corette power...
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Guest opinion: How will Bull Mountain coal mining affect water for wildlife? – Billings Gazette, March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016
By Steve Regele Wildlife considerations are an important addition to the points made by Shiloh Hernandez and Derf Johnson in their March 5 guest opinion about Signal Peak Energy’s coal mine and the Bull Mountain’s water supply. The Bureau of Land Management’s 2011 Environmental Assessment of the mine reports that “subsidence may result in local changes to water resources or distribution of vegetation resources. ... All animals found in the area use streams, ponds, springs, and related habitats to a greater...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Coal, News


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Otter Creek coal mine proposal stalls before it started – Public News Service, March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016
With audio Suzanne Potter HELENA, Mont. - In what ranchers and conservation groups are calling a big victory, Arch Coal announced Thursday that it is dropping its bid to build the proposed Otter Creek mine project - and that means the associated Tongue River Railroad is dead as well. Local ranchers and conservation advocates at the Northern Plains Resource Council have been fighting both projects since 2010. Otter Creek was the largest proposed coal strip mine in the country and would have affected...
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