Archive: May, 2013

Guest column: Montana’s renewable energy remains bright in wake of ’13 session – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013
"Montana’s renewable energy remains bright in wake of ‘13 session" By Jeff L. Fox Montana’s promising future as a producer of renewable energy remains bright, thanks in part to Gov. Steve Bullock and his success in defending energy standards and development policies that put people to work while improving our energy supply. The recently concluded 2013 legislative session saw a flurry of bills dealing with – and sometimes attacking – renewable energy development. The governor vetoed three misguided measures that could have...
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Letter: Hydroelectric project would be a huge mistake – Billings Gazette, May 24, 2013

May 28, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/hydroelectric-project-would-be-a-huge-mistake/article_0cda49e3-2a63-5146-a0df-6c032aa0b990.html After years of traveling the world for work, I have to say that the East Rosebud Creek canyon and drainage is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Only flying over the Himalayas in winter or Interlaken in the Swiss Alps compares to this pristine area. What I cannot comprehend is the proposed East Rosebud Hydroelectric Project by Hydrodynamics, Inc. of Bozeman. Any hydroelectric plant would disrupt this natural environment and would ruin the fishery. In addition, there has...
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Letter: Coal hurts state – Great Falls Tribune, May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20130527/OPINION/305270020/On-our-minds-Levy-coal-Beach Arch Coal, one of the biggest and richest coal companies in the world, is seeking a permit to rip up a pristine agricultural valley in southeastern Montana to mine the coal underneath and sell it to China. Coal markets in the U.S. are disappearing. Corporations looking for a fast buck are trying to ram through proposals to open the Otter Creek strip mine and expand ports in the Northwest, so the coal can be shipped on rail lines through Montana, Washington...
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Letter: Arch isn’t the kind of company we want in Montana – Billings Gazette, May 26, 2013

May 26, 2013
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/arch-isn-t-the-kind-of-company-we-want-in/article_ff93dbfd-3d43-57f0-8b8c-5465a0f20914.html Miners from around the country traveled to Arch Coal's shareholders meeting in Wright, Wyo., last month. Their reason? Arch joined Peabody Coal in spinning off Patriot Coal, a new company to which they transferred many of their pension obligations, and which then summarily declared bankruptcy, leaving benefits for thousands of employees and their families in doubt. It's not an isolated example. Last year, Arch subsidiary ICG settled a lawsuit for hundreds of thousands of dollars after several Kentucky nonprofits discovered...
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Letter: No to Otter Creek coal – Billings Outpost, May 23, 2013

May 24, 2013
http://www.billingsnews.com/index.php/letters-to-the-editor/4431-no-to-otter-creek-coal Anyone concerned with increased train traffic, expanded West-coast ports, or the industrialization of eastern Montana should cross their fingers and hope that the Department of Environmental Quality decides not to permit the mining of Otter Creek coal. The Otter Creek mine is the largest proposed coal mine in the lower 48 states. Though the coal is located in southeastern Montana, it is destined for Asian countries where cleaner energy sources are not yet in high demand. For transportation purposes, the mine’s...
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Press release: Ranchers applaud new meat-labeling rules, May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013
By Northern Plains Resource Council The Northern Plains Resource Council, a Montana conservation and family agriculture group, applauded new rules on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The World Trade Organization ruled last year that U.S. COOL rules violated trade obligations. “We applaud USDA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for strengthening rules on country-of-origin labeling We also want to thank the Obama Administration for standing up to industry pressure and opposition from the Canadian and Mexican...
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Guest opinion: PSC sides with polluters, not public health – Helena Independent Record, May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013
http://helenair.com/news/opinion/readers_alley/psc-sides-with-polluters-not-public-health/article_9c2cbff2-c26f-11e2-b060-001a4bcf887a.html By Dr. Georgia Milan Dr. Robert Merchant The recent action by the Montana Public Service Commission to oppose standards for carbon pollution from power plants is the wrong prescription for better health. By siding with those who would weaken, block or unjustly delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from fully implementing the Clean Air Act, the PSC puts polluters ahead of the public. America’s coal-fired pollutants are the nation’s most significant industrial source of smog-forming emissions, including ozone. Additionally, scientists warn that...
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Letter: Just say no to coal – Great Falls Tribune, May 21, 2013

May 22, 2013
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013305210020 I am writing in response to the increasing interest in mining Otter Creek coal. It is my opinion that this development will be not only be harmful to the immediate community surrounding Otter Creek but also to the state of Montana as a whole. Decline in the demand for coal has been fueled recently by a rise in alternate sources, such as cheaper natural gas. The environmental impacts on air quality due to emissions are causing coal power plants to...
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Letter: ‘Clean coal’ a fancy fabrication – Bozeman Chronicle, May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/article_3dc38284-bf09-11e2-a465-001a4bcf887a.html Mounting evidence demonstrates the overwhelming negative impacts on public health of mining, combustion and transportation of coal. It is imperative that Montanans pay attention to proposals for mining Otter Creek coal and shipping it through our cities, across Montana for export to Asia. There it will be burned with poor environmental regulation, contributing to global warming, ocean acidification and subsequent pollution of our own air and water. Transported via open top rail cars without covers, coal is expected to contaminate...
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Column: Time stands still in southeastern Montana – Missoulian, May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013
http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/recreation/columnists/greg-tollefson-time-stands-still-in-southeastern-montana/article_971e4760-be37-11e2-8b05-001a4bcf887a.html By Greg Tollefson It was 5 a.m. on the last Friday in April. After a steep, bone-jarring ride up a ranch road to the crest of a ridge some 800 feet above the floor of the Tongue River Valley, Homer and I stepped out of the pickup. We stood near an abandoned communication facility where the skeleton of a steel tower had long since succumbed to the wind leaving a mangled hunk of metal, bent nearly in two. Dawn filtered...
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