Archive: August, 2014

Special invitation

August 27, 2014
Make tracks to Northern Plains' 43rd Annual Meeting, Nov. 14-15, 2014, Billings Crowne Plaza hotel  
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Press release: Resource group seeks transparency from Board of Oil and Gas – Aug. 26, 2014

August 26, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council The Northern Plains Resource Council has delivered a formal letter to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) requesting the regulatory agency to uphold the Montana Constitution. The letter calls attention to the fact that the BOGC does not provide public access to usable information that would allow the public to know about the impacts of oil and gas development. The lack of transparency by this quasi-judicial body denies citizens the right to participate...
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Totem created by Lummi tribe passes through Billings – Billings Gazette, Aug. 25, 2014

August 25, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/totem-created-by-lummi-tribe-passes-through-billings/article_7e1d59f3-413e-5c8f-9a8b-570b65e82591.html#ixzz3BPH2aaxm By Chris Cioffi Address by Lummi leader Timothy Ballew>> Members of the Lummi tribe brought a totem pole to Riverfront Park on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about a proposed deep-water coal port near the Cherry Point refinery in Washington state. “We’re mainly calling attention to unite and protect the Earth from the horrific damage we’re doing to it,” said Jewell James, head carver for the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation. The proposed area for the port lies just a...
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Questions swirl around company touting new refinery – Last Best News, Aug. 20, 2014

August 22, 2014
http://lastbestnews.com/site/2014/08/questions-swirl-around-company-touting-refinery-plans/ By Ed Kemmick The company that is proposing to build five oil refineries in Montana and North Dakota — projects that would require funding of $2.5 billion — appears to have very few assets itself. Bloomberg was reporting as of Wednesday afternoon that Quantum Energy Inc.’s market capitalization — the number of outstanding shares times the value of a share — was about $3.8 million. Quantum’s stock was priced at .545 cents per share as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, with about 7.1 million...
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Gazette opinion: Do something about the rail traffic and our traffic – Billings Gazette, Aug. 20, 2014

August 21, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-do-something-about-the-rail-traffic-and-our/article_41b82ae1-be2c-58ba-881b-4cc559af1193.html Have you noticed the traffic in downtown seems to be a bit more congested? It’s not just the road construction. Or the sewer and water line replacements. It’s something more than that. There’s been an uptick in rail traffic it seems. More folks are being held up for longer at the train crossings downtown. Rarely, do we see a guest opinion in which our first response is: “Yes to what he said.” But in the case of Larry Bean’s most recent column...
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Neighbors petition Carbon County commission for zoning near Belfry well – Billings Gazette, Aug. 20, 2014

August 21, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/neighbors-petition-carbon-county-commission-for-zoning-near-belfry-well/article_141bc742-99a6-5605-90a9-c7386953a911.html By Tom Lutey Neighbors of an oil well north of Belfry are asking Carbon County Commissioners to protect the community from the consequences of oil and gas exploration. At a meeting with commissioners Monday, residents of Clark Fork Valley petitioned commissioners for a special “Silvertip Zoning District,” where locally crafted rules could be imposed to regulate water and noise pollution, as well the distance separating wells, among other things. Neighbor Bonnie Martinell, who helped gather petitions and formulate the proposed district, told...
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5 things you should know about Oregon’s coal terminal permit rejection – Oregonian, Aug. 19, 2014

August 20, 2014
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/08/5_things_you_should_know_about_1.html By Rob Davis Oregon's Department of State Lands on Monday dealt a serious blow to Ambre Energy's proposed coal terminal, denying a key permit needed for a project to export 8.8 million tons of coal annually to Asia. Here are five things you need to know about the decision and what happens next. 1. The project isn't officially dead. But its path forward isn't clear. Australia-based Ambre has 21 days to file an appeal before an administrative law judge who decides whether the state's decision was legal or...
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Press release: Lummi totem pole journey stopping in Billings on Sunday, Aug. 24

August 19, 2014
Sunday August 24 5 - 7 p.m. Riverfront Park Shelter #3 (left side of lake near bridge) Billings By Northern Plains Resource Council In the face of the proposed Cherry Point coal export terminal that would sit on their ancestral lands, members of the Lummi Nation are embarking on a protest journey to empower and inform communities all along the rail line from Bellingham, Washington, to Billings, Montana. The Lummi Totem Pole Journey will stop in Billings this Sunday,  August 24, from 5-7 p.m. at Riverfront Park. There will be...
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Big Coal’s plans for Pacific Northwest take major hit – Huffington Post, Aug. 19, 2014

August 19, 2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/coal-exports-ambre-energy-oregon_n_5691485.html By Lynn Peeples Doctors, tribal leaders, business owners and concerned parents are among those cheering a potentially major blow to Big Coal. On Monday, an Oregon state agency announced its rejection of a permit for a coal export facility on the Columbia River. The proposed Coyote Island Terminal is one of three remaining projects being pushed by the fossil fuel industry to create a coal export superhighway through the Pacific Northwest. Three previous proposals have already been dropped. The Oregon Department of State Lands cited disruption...
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Press release: Oregon agency denies crucial Port of Morrow coal permit – Aug. 18, 2014

August 18, 2014
Significant blow to coal export proposals By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. — Oregon’s Department of State Lands today denied a crucial removal-fill permit for a proposed coal terminal at the Port of Morrow in Oregon. The state agency posted the denial in a fact sheet posted online. http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/PERMITS/docs/fact_sheet_coyote_island_terminal.pdf The denial is a devastating blow to the facility, which, if permitted, would export 8.8 million tons of coal per year from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and southeastern Montana to...
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