Letter: Killing stream rule hurt ranchers – Billings Gazette, March 14, 2017

March 14, 2017
As a longtime rancher north of Billings, water supply has been the 70-year struggle for my ranch. We must protect the water we have. In the Bull Mountains I rely on a combination of wells and natural springs to water livestock. And like other nearby operations, my ranch is currently being undermined — literally — by a coal mine using long-wall machines that allow more efficient mining, but drop the land 10 feet causing surface disruptions, impairing aquifers, subsiding recharge areas...
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Letter: Oppose exemption for multiple wells – Billings Gazette, March 12, 2017

March 13, 2017
House Bill 339, which is being considered in the Legislature, revises the current laws related to exempt appropriations of water. It is disappointing this bill completely ignores the 2016 Supreme Court ruling invalidating the "exempt well loophole." Instead, it changes the language that the court rejected and will allow the drilling of multiple exempt wells with no consideration for aquifer draw down, stream flows, or senior water rights that are important to all of us, especially the ranching and...
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Guest opinion: PACE can power up Montana economy – Billings Gazette, March 11, 2017

March 13, 2017
By Jay Cederberg This winter, many of Montana’s families and businesses are facing high utility bills resulting from old or inefficient homes and buildings that are in need of upgrades. While improvements like more insulation or a more efficient boiler could save property owners money on utilities over the long term, the upfront cost of these upgrades is a challenge for many Montanans. That’s why a bipartisan coalition of cities, counties, contractors, business owners, and banks have come together around a...
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Letter: Daines wrong to oppose Stream Protection Rule – Billings Gazette, March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017
I am grateful to Sen. Tester for his recent vote in favor of the Stream Protection Rule, a law that protects clean water in our nation and has profound implications for Montana’s farming, ranching and recreational industries. Without this protection in place, Montana’s waterways are rendered defenseless against pollution discharges that bring insidious and ubiquitous harm to them. I grew up on a family farm in Montana, a farm that remains in our family today. We enjoyed, and still enjoy,...
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Letter: Urge legislators to support PACE bill – Missoulian, March 8, 2017

March 8, 2017
In order to better serve building owners and to provide lots of jobs in energy efficiency, High Plains Architects urges the Montana Legislature to pass PACE-enabling legislation, Senate Bill 330. Many of us are aware that energy-efficiency is one of the best investments available, as the utility savings can be far greater than the cost of the efficiency project. Additionally, these projects provide better comfort and reduced maintenance costs. However, despite these benefits, many businesses and homeowners aren’t taking advantage of...
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