Category: Oil and gas

Letter: Natural gas waste bad for health – Billings Gazette, Feb. 11, 2017

February 14, 2017
It’s a little-known problem, but one with a big impact. Every year, $330 million dollars’ worth of natural gas is wasted into the atmosphere and turns into pollution. How? Natural gas gets flared, vented or leaked out into our air. Flaring and venting exposes Montanans — particularly babies and developing young brains—to the health risks of breathing in methane, which can lead to learning difficulties, breathing problems and even cancer. Luckily, there are new standards to fix this problem. The...
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Letter: PACE would help Montana businesses – Billings Gazette, Feb. 7, 2017

February 7, 2017
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a program that will save businesses money and create local jobs in Montana, without costing our government a dime. It needs to be enabled by the Montana legislature and has already passed in 33 states across the country (including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Texas.) I am a small-business owner in an old building. The cheapest energy is that which you don’t use, but resources are scarce for infrastructure improvements that enhance energy efficiency. PACE...
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Letter: Give neighbors notice before drilling – Billings Gazette, Feb. 5, 2017

February 7, 2017
I thank the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation for passing a drilling notification rule in December 2016. After almost two years of debate over notification, the board approved a rule requiring owners of occupied structures within 1,320 feet of a new gas or oil well to be notified of new drilling operations before these operations are permitted. This gives affected residents a chance to voice their support or concerns about the proposed development. Now Sen. Richmond has introduced...
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Bill to kill Obama coal rule divides Tester, Daines – Billings Gazette, Feb. 4, 2017

February 7, 2017
By Tom Lutey One of Barack Obama’s last executive orders concerning coal divided Montana’s U.S. senators as a bipartisan group of the lawmakers voted this week to kill the former president’s “stream protection rule.” Four coal state Democrats joined Republicans in scrapping former President Obama’s rule, which Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., called “devastating to Montana’s coal jobs.” “By eliminating it, we are opening the door for...
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Letter: Saving energy a wise investment – Billings Gazette, Feb. 3, 2017

February 7, 2017
Conserving energy is a gift to your pocketbook, as well as a gift to the next generation. But it can involve a front-end investment that is beyond many budgets. That high-efficiency furnace, that extra insulation, those vastly improved window — pricey at the onset, but smart in the long-run. The legislature in Montana will soon consider a bill to enable businesses and regular people to access low-interest money to do these improvements. In many cases, the payback costs will...
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Learning how to lobby the Northern Plains way

February 1, 2017
NOTE: Alma Winberry of Great Falls participated in Northern Plains’ first Lobby Day of the 2017 session on Jan. 25. Here are her thoughts on learning to be a citizen lobbyist. A second Lobby Day is planned, on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) on Feb. 16. Click here to RSVP for the PACE Lobby Day on Feb. 16. At the Northern Plains Resource Council’s Lobby Day at the state Capitol Jan. 25, passionate Montanans found...
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Letter: Clean energy effort benefits all – Billings Gazette, Jan. 31, 2017

January 31, 2017
I encourage Montana’s legislators to support Property Assessed Clean Energy. PACE will make financing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to existing buildings more affordable. PACE is a private financing option that the local government facilitates through tax assessments, similar to other property assessments for things like sidewalks and parks. PACE is a voluntary assessment. Projects are repaid over a term of up to 20 years and are designed so that the annual energy savings exceed the...
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Letter: Rules will prevent waste of methane – Billings Gazette, Jan. 31, 2017

January 30, 2017
Waste not, want not. The BLM and the EPA recently finalized two new standards that will reduce methane gas releases from oil and gas wells. Drilling for oil often unlocks deposits of methane, which get released as a waste product. Because of weak regulation, enormous amounts of methane get flared, vented, or leaked in oil fields all across the West. It might be used to generate electricity or heat homes — but instead, it’s simply wasted. The new BLM and EPA standards...
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Letter: Urge legislators to enable PACE – Billings Gazette, Jan. 29, 2017

January 30, 2017
Montana’s people deserve opportunities to invest in our properties. During this state legislative session, our legislators are going to have the opportunity to enable the "PACE" program in Montana — legislation that would make a real, tangible difference for Montana’s property owners and their wallets. PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, would open up financing options for home and business owners to fund energy efficiency upgrades, small renewable energy installations, and water conservation upgrades with private capital from banks and...
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Letter: Proposed law good for Montana’s energy future – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Jan. 28, 2017

January 30, 2017
Our 2017 Montana Legislature has an opportunity to pass PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), and we can help it cross the finish line. We’re committed to more clean energy in our communities, and PACE is a simple way to make that happen with no upfront costs! PACE provides financing from private lenders for upgrades in energy efficiency, renewable energy, or water conservation. Any home or building owner current on their property taxes will be eligible for 100 percent upfront financing...
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