Archive: October, 2012

Press release: Appalachian coal activist to address Northern Plains’ 41st Annual Meeting

October 29, 2012
Northern Plains Resource Council 41st Annual Meeting November 9-10, 2012 Billings Crowne Plaza Members of the Northern Plains Resource Council invite the public to learn about issues important to Montana’s future at the 41st Northern Plains Annual Meeting in Billings. Sessions open to the public will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Billings Crowne Plaza hotel. In addition, the Billings-based Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council will host a Cowboy Supper at 6:15 on Friday evening at American Lutheran Church – corner of Division and...
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Press release: Otter Creek court decision ‘just one step’ – Oct. 23, 2012

October 23, 2012
By Northern Plains Resource Council Groups that sued the State Land Board over the leasing of the Otter Creek coal tracts to Arch Coal in December 2010 see the Montana Supreme Court’s decision today regarding the Land Board’s lease as just one step in the long process to developing the largest new coal strip mine in the lower 48 states. Northern Plains Resource Council and the National Wildlife Federation were joined by the Montana Environmental Information Center and the Sierra...
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Letter: Corette plant damages health of Billings residents – Billings Gazette, Oct. 23, 2012

October 23, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/corette-plant-damages-health-of-billings-residents/article_b6e5f539-939b-551b-a3d2-c23067f95c00.html When I heard that the Corette coal power plant was closing down, I felt relief. Having lived in Billings for 57 years, I raised my two daughters starting in the 1980s. Then our sulfur dioxide levels were the highest in the nation. Due to Corette and the other Yellowstone County polluters, my youngest daughter has asthma. She discovered this during track at Riverside, and unfortunately the condition is permanent. The Corette and other polluters damage the health of people who...
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Chinese workers fill B.C. mining jobs – Vancouver Sun, Oct. 10. 2012

October 23, 2012
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Chinese%20workers%20fill%20mining%20jobs/7366971/story.html Canadians 'just don't have the experience' to operate equipment to extract coal BY PETER O'NEIL VANCOUVER SUN The first of a group of 200 temporary Chinese workers approved by the federal government will start arriving in B.C. in coming weeks to work in the burgeoning northeast coal industry, a mine project spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. In total, anywhere from 1,600 to just under 2,000 Chinese nationals could find full-time work in four projects being proposed in coming years for the region, due to the...
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Press release: Ranchers oppose new permit for coal-to-China railroad – Oct. 17, 2012

October 17, 2012
PERMIT: Access to the permit application can be found on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board website:  http://www.stb.dot.gov/filings/all.nsf/WebFilingDate?openform  FD_30186_0 filed on 10/16/12 By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. – Owners of the proposed Tongue River Railroad (TRR) on Tuesday applied for a new permit with the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) for an 89-mile railroad that would haul coal from the isolated Otter Creek valley near Ashland, Montana, down the agricultural Tongue River Valley to the main rail line at Miles...
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Letter: Montanans’ health suffers with delay in air pollution cuts – Billings Gazette, Oct. 14, 2012

October 16, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/montanans-health-suffers-with-delay-in-air-pollution-cuts/article_3a3866d5-c32a-551b-ab49-686d67db2777.html As a pediatrician, I know that young lungs are at risk for irritation and damage from air pollution. Seniors also are at increased risk for health problems, including lung and heart disease, from pollutants. Over the past 40 years, the Clean Air Act has saved thousands of lives and reduced hospitalizations by ensuring we use science and available technology to reduce toxic pollutants in our air. The U.S. pollutions control industry has become a world leader as a result. Recent...
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Letter: Don’t blame EPA for PPL needing to clean up plant – Billings Gazette, Oct. 10, 2012

October 16, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/don-t-blame-epa-for-ppl-needing-to-clean-up/article_0e0e7075-983f-597c-8174-786ffd1816eb.html The announced mothballing of the Corette plant raises more questions than answers. The first one should be: why are we surprised that a plant which was built to last 30-40 years may be closed at the age of 44 years? What kind of investment has PPL made in maintaining it into the future? Anything mechanical — whether it's a car or a power plant — is going to require some substantial investments in order to keep operating into its...
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Opinion: Enough notice is the law, not an option – Great Falls Tribune, Oct. 12, 2012

October 12, 2012
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20121012/OPINION/310120013/Enough-notice-law-not-an-option For a little while Wednesday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission planned at its Thursday meeting to consider an easement to allow the Tongue River Railroad to build across a state-owned Miles City fish hatchery at its Thursday meeting. The Tribune’s John S. Adams inquired about the status of the agreement. After that, the item was pulled from the FWP Commission’s agenda. There is nothing wrong with public entities changing items on their meeting agendas. Sometimes reports are delayed, more...
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