Press release: New Livingston group to focus on fossil-fuel transport, clean energy, June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014

Categories: Clean Energy, Coal, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas

By Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

More than 70 area residents attended a free informational kick-off event June 26 at the Elks Lodge in Livingston. The Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council (YBCC) is the 13th active affiliate of Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council.

“We were excited to see so many of our Livingston friends and neighbors turn out to hear how we can protect our community from the dangers of transporting oil and coal through town, and promote clean energy solutions,” said Jo DeVries, Livingston resident and member of the organizing committee. “The Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council gives us all the opportunity to have an impact here in our own community.”

YBCC will focus on concerns about increased coal and oil trains through Livingston, and moving the community – and state – toward clean and renewable energy, such as wind, solar, and energy efficiency.

At Thursday’s event, Paul Hawks, long-time rancher in Melville and past Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, spoke about the Good Neighbor Agreement and the values of Northern Plains. Kate French, past Chair of Northern Plains’ Helena affiliate and who serves on the statewide Coal Task Force, discussed ongoing efforts to oppose coal exports from the Powder River Basin to the West Coast. The featured speakers were available to answer questions during the evening.

“We feel that the citizens of Livingston should not be forced to bear the costs of coal export. The impacts locally include lack of access from one side of the tracks to the other, traffic delays (including for emergency vehicles), diesel emissions and coal dust. We want to make sure that Livingston taxpayers aren’t stuck with the total cost of expensive infrastructure projects, like an overpass or underpass, when rail and coal companies profit and the energy goes to Asia,” said Bill Edwards, area resident and organizing committee member.

At the event, Frances Stewart and Bob Nell played music, and local organizing committee members provided appetizers. A raffle was held to benefit YBCC projects. Raffled items included artwork from Parks Reese, Doris Gallagher Davis, Paul Dix, Bill Edwards, Rainbow Ark, and Bob Newhall. Area residents had the opportunity to provide their input about local issues at the gathering.

For more information, call Joan Kresich at 406-222-5279, Bridget Bottoms at 805-729-1719, or Page Atcheson at 406-449-1256.

Northern Plains Resource Council organizes Montana citizens to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.

 

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