Archive: January, 2013

Press release: Oil and gas inspections falling further behind – Jan. 30, 2013

January 30, 2013
By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. - With new data showing that state and federal oil and gas agencies are not keeping up with the rise in oil and gas drilling, members of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) and Northern Plains Resource Council are calling attention to the need for states and the federal governments to fund more inspectors and increase penalties for violating public health, safety and environmental laws. “Although Montana’s Board of Oil and Gas inspectors do...
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Letter: Tax holiday should be repealed on oil, gas industry – Billings Gazette, Jan. 20, 2013

January 20, 2013 From Culbertson to Miles City, cities are being hit hard by the costs of oil development. Sidney is expected to need $47 million dollars in improvements to accommodate Bakken newcomers. Bainville, population 200, is expected to accommodate a 350-person man-camp because of a new frack-sand facility. In Culbertson, the sewer lagoons are at capacity. Who pays for these infrastructure costs? Not the companies making the profits from the oil wells. The oil and gas companies escape almost all taxes on Montana's...
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Groups ask for more hearings on coal train traffic – Great Falls Tribune, Jan. 14, 2013

January 14, 2013 Groups ask for more hearings on coal train traffic Seventeen environmental and wildlife organizations sent a letter to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality Monday asking that the agencies conduct additional public hearings on the proposed Otter Creek Mine in communities that will be affected by increased rail traffic. Trains will haul Otter Creek’s 1.3 billion tons of coal from the mine in southeastern Montana to proposed export terminals on the West...
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Press release: Embattled coal-hauling railroad challenged before STB – Jan. 10, 2011

January 10, 2013
By Northern Plains Resource Council An 11th-hour route change by the Tongue River Railroad Company (TRR) proposed for southeastern Montana has led the Northern Plains Resource Council to challenge that change before the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB). Joined by the Rocker 6 Cattle Company near Colstrip, Montana, Northern Plains filed a petition before the STB on January 7 to revoke an application that the TRR filed in December of 2012. The Tongue River Railroad received a federal permit in 1986,...
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Press release: Powder River Basin ranchers support investigation of coal mine royalties – Jan. 4, 2013

January 4, 2013
Two key Senators ask Interior Department to look into whether coal companies shortchange taxpayers Western Organization of Resource Councils press release Farmers and ranchers living in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming welcome a congressional investigation into whether U.S. taxpayers are receiving full royalties from coal mined on federal lands. U.S. Senate Energy Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today are concerned about return to taxpayers from the sale of federal coal following media reports...
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Fiscal cliff deal extends wind energy, biodiesel tax credits – Environment News Service, Jan. 2, 2013

January 3, 2013!hash=c12da6463fb73a687b03ea14b9a91bde   All rights reserved WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) – With a vote of 257-167 late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives concurred with the Senate in passing a bill to avert the fiscal cliff that includes tax credit extensions for wind energy and biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and electric vehicles, energy-efficient new homes and appliances. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which keeps income taxes low for the middle class while raising rates on the rich, now moves to President Barack Obama for...
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