Archive: July, 2014

Press release: Poll finds majority of Montanans oppose mining coal for export, July 31, 2014

July 31, 2014
ATTACHMENTS: The FM3 poll report at https://northernplains.org/fm3-coal-export-poll-results/ The referenced Sightline report can be found at www.sightline.org/research/unfair-market-value/ By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont.  – A new poll finds a wide majority of Montanans oppose mining more Montana coal for export to Asia. Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) recently completed a survey of Montana voters and found that 56% of Montana voters oppose mining more Montana coal for export. Voters were asked the question: “Coal companies are interested in mining coal in Montana and then...
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How prepared is Yellowstone County for oil train disasters? – KTVQ-TV, July 29, 2014

July 31, 2014
http://www.ktvq.com/news/yellowstone-county-discusses-oil-train-related-disasters/ By Victoria Hill BILLINGS - Aside from the natural disasters that occur in Montana, Yellowstone County Disaster and Emergency Services has been pressed to plan for train derailments. "You can never be 100-percent prepared, but I think that we work very hard at trying to be as prepared as possible," said Yellowstone County Emergency Services Coordinator Duane Winslow. According to Montana Rail Link's weekly report, two million gallons of oil are expected to pass over the tracks in Yellowstone County. "Billings has a...
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Press release: Montana rancher testifies at Denver hearing on behalf of EPA air pollution rules, July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
Here is a link to Fix’s oral and written testimony at the EPA hearing: https://northernplains.org/mark-fix-denver-epa-carbon-rules-testimony-july-29-2014/ By Northern Plains Resource Council Mark Fix, a Tongue River rancher and Past Chair of the Northern Plains Resource Council, called new EPA rules to curb carbon pollution 30% by 2030 a “good step in the right direction.” Fix, a member of the Northern Plains Coal Task Force, testified on Tuesday at a regional hearing in Denver about the need to address climate change in order to protect agriculture in Montana. “There’s...
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Advocates line up to discuss EPA clean air rules – Associated Press, July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
HTTP://WWW.AURORASENTINEL.COM/BREAKING-NEWS/ADVOCATES-LINE-DISCUSS-EPA-CLEAN-AIR-RULES/#STHASH.G31XZTKZ.DPUF ‘There's things out there we need to develop — the hydro, the wind, the solar, a lot of the renewables,’ Fix said Monday. Fix ranches southwest of Miles City, Montana, and is a member of the Northern Plains Resource Council. By Dan Elliott DENVER | Hundreds of people will tell the Environmental Protection Agency what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver. With just five minutes each to make their case to...
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Letter: Tongue River Railroad: Delay is good news for Montana – Missoulian, July 27, 2014

July 28, 2014
http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/mailbag/tongue-river-railroad-delay-is-good-news-for-montana/article_619790b2-141a-11e4-80bb-001a4bcf887a.html The recent delay of the Tongue River Railroad (detailed in the July 18 article, “Coal railroad’s delay reflects hurdle for exports”) is a blow for out-of-state corporations but good news for Montanans. This railroad’s sole purpose would be to haul coal mined by St. Louis-based Arch Coal from southeast Montana to existing rail lines, from which the coal would be exported to China and other overseas markets. This scheme leaves Montanans to deal with the pollution costs of mining...
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Reclaiming the land: One rancher’s struggle to regain vital grazing land from coal mining – Casper Star-Tribune, July 26, 2014

July 28, 2014
http://trib.com/business/energy/article_202268c2-8ac1-5213-8f47-7385b9205af0.html#.U9Pw3qui2Zw.twitter By TREVOR GRAFF Leland Turner jumped out of his Ford Super Duty into a sea of grassland near the border of what once was his grazing land. Across a barbed wire fence, on the horizon, the sea of green came to an abrupt halt as a series of dragline excavators rose from the giant pit of Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope Mine. Turner has felt the full effect of the mine’s development. Turnercrest Ranch, 60 miles south of Gillette, has been in his...
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Press release: Montana rancher to testify at EPA air pollution hearing in Denver, July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council Mark Fix, a Tongue River rancher and Past Chair of Northern Plains, is traveling to Denver to testify at the EPA regional hearing on air carbon rules that would reduce carbon air pollution 30% by 2030. Fix also is a member of the Northern Plains Coal Task Force. Fix will speak Tuesday morning about the need to address climate change in order to protect agriculture in Montana. "Climate change alters the weather, and those of us in...
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Report: Changing times for coal call for new price calculations – Public News Service, July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-07-25/energy-policy/report-changing-times-for-coal-call-for-new-price-calculations/a40733-1 Deborah Courson Smith HELENA, Mont. - It's been called "outdated," and a new report from the Sightline Institute shows how being behind the times means Montana is missing out on coal cash. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report earlier this year criticized the Bureau of Land Management for how it sets "fair market value" for coal, and Sightline report author Clark Williams-Derry said the bottom line is that the market has changed, especially in the West, where coal companies are marketing coal for export. "Some...
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Guest opinion: Climate change is scientific reality – Billings Gazette, July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-climate-change-is-scientific-reality/article_d8b76cdd-a4f0-5e5b-aca7-5de0d794b54f.html By Diana L. Six As scientists who have lived and worked in Montana, we understand the scientific principles demonstrating that human activity is rapidly changing our climate. That is why we joined over 100 other scientists across Montana in sending a letter to our top elected officials calling on them to support policies that reduce carbon pollution. Thousands of scientists have produced thousands of studies on the causes and impacts of climate change. Each of those studies has undergone a rigorous...
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Guest opinion: New rules good for the health of Montana – Billing Gazette, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/new-rules-good-for-the-health-of-montana/article_c34b9d26-9a5f-5fd1-b0ad-90d13c3eeea2.html When the Environmental Protection Agency announced the carbon pollution rules for coal-fired power plants last month, it mentioned asthma and how asthmatic children who live near power plants are impacted every day by pollutants. It said what we in public health already know- we will all suffer more if carbon pollution continues to warm temperatures and worsen air pollution. The EPA’s carbon pollution rules are needed to prevent the worsening effects of climate change. Leading public health organizations, such as...
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