Archive: November, 2012

Press release: Montanans taking coal export fight to Washington (state) – Dec. 4, 2012

November 30, 2012
By Northern Plains Resource Council Since the Army Corps of Engineers won’t come to Montana, Montanans will go to the Army Corps. Dozens of Montanans will board a bus in the wee hours of Tuesday morning for a long ride to Spokane, Washington. They intend to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of their many concerns about increased coal exports from Montana and Wyoming to China and other Asian markets. Northern Plains Resource Council, which is organizing the bus trip, will...
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Billings Gazette opinion: Keep tax credit that spurs wind energy growth – Nov. 25, 2012

November 26, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-keep-tax-credit-that-spurs-wind-energy-growth/article_de6ec163-7080-5dbb-a323-42e839996050.html When businesses harness Montana’s wind energy, private landowners, local and state governments and workers share the benefits. More than a dozen wind farms scattered across Montana have a total electricity generating capacity of 647 megawatts. They represent $1.3 billion in capital investment, creation of 1,319 construction jobs and 86 permanent jobs. Together, they paid $5.4 million in taxes in 2010. By 2018, these same wind farms will be paying $8.9 million in property taxes as abatements expire. Wind farms are helping...
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Letter: Public comments oppose Tongue River Railroad – Billings Gazette, Nov. 25, 2012

November 26, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/public-comments-oppose-tongue-river-railroad/article_59e2d1bd-5144-5145-ae75-fae863f21540.html I attended a scoping hearing on the Tongue River Railroad at Forsyth and, of 16 people who testified at the hearing, only one favored the railroad. Others expressed concerns about agriculture, wildlife and health impacts. I spoke about the railroad's negative impacts on Montana's second largest economy, travel and tourism. Mining is low on the list of Montana's economic drivers. I live in Billings and have concerns about how increased rail traffic from coal exports will affect Billings. I also...
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Guest opinion: Cleaner energy generating jobs for Americans – Billings Gazette, Nov. 24, 2012

November 26, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-cleaner-energy-generating-jobs-for-americans/article_f76f417b-b195-5e14-8291-e542f6dd0ebf.html By Ben Reed Renewable energy puts people to work, and does it better than coal. According to the National Mining Association, coal employs 136,000 people in the entire United States. That might seem like a lot of people and it might seem, as so many advocates for the fossil fuel industry are saying, like developing more coal would be a good way to put people to work. However, right now three states each employ more people in clean technology jobs...
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Bozeman-area citizens weigh in on coal export terminal – KTVM TV, Nov. 20, 2012

November 21, 2012
Follow the link to watch the video: http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Citizens-weigh-in-on-coal-export-terminal/-/14594602/17496980/-/npxtkh/-/index.html By Lauren Mascmedt BOZEMAN, Mont. - Dozens filled seats at the Emerson Center Tuesday evening, hoping their comments would be heard by the Army Corps of Engineers as they study the environmental impact of a Washington terminal. "The growth of Powder River Basin coal is real, and it's growing dramatically" said a speaker for Northern Plains Resource Council meeting. They started off the evening with a presentation about increased coal mining and export, and said the...
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‘People’s Hearing’ being held to voice concerns on coal export – Bozeman Chronicle, Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/environment/article_f87b397a-3203-11e2-97e7-001a4bcf887a.html The Northern Plains Resource Council will hold a “People’s Hearing” on Tuesday night to collect testimony on the potential for increased coal train traffic through Bozeman and for proposed coal export terminals on the West Coast. The hearing is meant to provide a chance for Montanans to voice concerns about added train traffic, health impacts, climate change and other potential effects, and to be a part of the decision-making process. Comments will be submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....
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Press release: Coal impacts featured at Northern Plains meeting, Nov. 10, 2012

November 12, 2012
By Northern Plains Resource Council Wyoming rancher L.J. Turner, who lives near a Gillette coal mine, told members of the Northern Plains Resource Council that coal mining consumes large volumes of water. He described the creek on his ranch that once supported fish, having gone dry since mining started, and he told of a study that showed widespread drawdown of water wells in coal mining areas throughout the Powder River Basin. “There’s such a small amount of water here, I don’t...
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Appalachian coal activist wants to inspire Montanans – Public News Service, Nov. 9, 2012

November 9, 2012
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/29206-1 By Deborah Courson Smith BILLINGS, Mont. - A well-known coal activist from Appalachia will share her insights on fighting for public health and economic justice at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council tomorrow (Saturday) in Billings. Janet Keating says West Virginia has paid a high price for years of mountaintop removal mining and other extractive industries. Poverty and poor health are common in the state. "Timber and coal and gas. That's been our history, and of course, there has...
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Letter: Thoughtful planning needed for increase in coal trains – Billings Gazette, Nov. 2, 2012

November 2, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/thoughtful-planning-needed-for-increase-in-coal-trains/article_db0a68b0-a1e8-5994-9931-2d17c12859ee.html The CEO of BNSF, Matthew Rose, claims some critics say 100 export trains a day would pass through Billings. Have those considering the impacts of increased train traffic in Billings ever claimed there would be 100 extra trains here? No. I suppose it's much easier to discredit those raising questions if you attribute to them false words. Has it been claimed that 57 additional trains would pass though if all the ports were permitted? Yes. Probably not all the ports...
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Letter: Market forces causing Corette plant’s closure – Billings Gazette, Nov. 1, 2012

November 1, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/market-forces-causing-corette-plant-s-closure/article_f99e7b39-7f45-5fba-bb5d-0d6f5159bd45.html Congratulations to Lee Newspapers' Mike Dennison for digging into the real reasons the Corette power plant was mothballed and sorting through the clouds of political spin coming from the Rehberg and Hill campaigns as they try to confuse voters. While the announcement of the Corette plant closure was politically timed, the reason it closed was primarily the result of market forces. Corette is an old plant with out-of-date equipment that would have required a substantial investment to bring it up...
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