Archive: September, 2012

Decades of federal dollars helped fuel gas boom – The Associated Press, Sept. 23, 2012

September 25, 2012
It sounds like a free-market success story: a natural gas boom created by drilling company innovation, delivering a vast new source of cheap energy without the government subsidies that solar and wind power demand. "The free market has worked its magic," the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, an industry group, claimed over the summer. The boom happened "away from the greedy grasp of Washington," the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank, wrote in an essay this year. If bureaucrats "had known this...
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Army Corps leaves out Montana – Sept. 22, 2012

September 24, 2012
By Northern Plains Resource Council Coal port expansion process only to look at Washington coal train impacts Today the Army Corps of Engineers announced the start of the scoping process for the proposed Cherry Point coal export terminal in Whatcom County, Washington. The expansion is being proposed due to plans for shipping Powder River Basin coal to Asia, which will require building a huge deep water port to accommodate the coal ships headed overseas. “Scoping” is a part of the process...
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Coal concerns: Montana ranchers see Asian energy boom as threat – The Associated Press, Sept, 22, 2012

September 24, 2012 By Matt Brown ROUNDUP — The big mining companies first came knocking on Ellen Pfister’s door in the 1970s, ready to tap the huge coal deposits beneath her family’s eastern Montana ranch. Pfister and others successfully fended them off, and as the coal industry retreated domestically, it appeared their battle might be won. But now, a fast-growing market in exporting coal to Asia has Pfister and other ranchers seeing their long-held fears become reality. With the once-shuttered Bull Mountain Mine under new...
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Entertainment events coming up in Miles City Sept. 22, Billings Oct. 6

September 18, 2012
Tongue River Valley Celebration in Miles City Sept. 22 What: Tongue River Valley Celebration When: 4:30 p.m., Sept. 22, 2012 Where: Pumping Plant Park, Miles City Cost: $10, children 12 and younger free Live music, local foods, and silent auction The Tongue River Valley Celebration celebrates the people and landscape of the Tongue River Valley. It will include a supper made from regionally grown foods, as well as a silent / live auction, and live music. The celebration will begin at 4:30 pm, with music and a silent auction. A supper...
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Residental solar electricity workshop in Billings on Sept. 22

September 15, 2012
Press release View poster (pdf) Want to learn what a solar electricity system would look like and cost for your home? Solar electric systems -- also called PV systems -- can produce all or a portion of your home’s electricity needs. Attend this free workshop to learn the role of energy efficiency, system options, how to size a system for your home, costs, current financial incentives, and what to ask an installer. Bring your electricity bills and a picture of your...
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Guest opinion: Heavy traffic ahead: Plan now to live with more trains – Billings Gazette, September 15, 2012

September 15, 2012 By Terry Whiteside and Gerald Fauth We assisted the Western Organization of Resource Councils in the development of a report titled Heavy Traffic Ahead, which looked into the question of how coal would be transported by rail from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana to the proposed export terminals in Oregon and Washington and British Columbia. In the wake of the release of our study, Burlington Northern Santa Fe CEO Matt Rose took a trip to Columbia River...
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