Archive: September, 2014

Letter: Responsible resource development welcome – Billings Gazette, Sept. 28, 2014

September 30, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/responsible-resource-development-welcome/article_96dfd7e8-e385-5ee6-b2d3-2eee92ef248b.html I was one of the landowners who attended the Sept. 8 meeting of the Carbon County Commissioners to hear what the representatives of the Energy Corporation of America had to say about their planned development of the Beartooth Front. It was a great opportunity to hear what they're planning, what we can expect and which rules they are following. What could have been a helpful and informative meeting, though, became one of generalities and few specifics. We know that oil...
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Letter on LR 126: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – Billings Gazette, Sept. 30, 2014

September 30, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/if-it-ain-t-broke-don-t-fix-it/article_23f46808-aa2a-56dd-bf40-e51085a0c7fb.html In this upcoming election, there will be an issue on the ballot that strikes to the heart of our democracy -- our constitutional right to vote. Believe it or not, this right appears more times in our Constitution than any other. Four amendments deal with the issue of voting. As Americans, we like to think we have the greatest democracy on earth. If that is so, then why are we trying so hard to hinder those rights from others? LR...
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Letter: ECA’s track record is troubling – Billings Gazette, Sept. 30, 2014

September 30, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/eca-s-track-record-is-troubling/article_07bc047f-e18f-51da-aae9-521e0cb7619c.html Energy Corporation of America, the company that wants to bring "a little bit of the Bakken" to our community, has a troubling safety record. In Pennsylvania, ECA has had 66 state inspections resulting in 90 separate violations, 55 enforcement actions and fines of more than $80,000. In West Virginia, there are 70 more violations. These violations include letting fracking wastewater flow into a trout stream, faulty cement casings on a well bore and failure to cap abandoned wells — all...
Categories: Beartooth Front Defense FundLettersOil and gas


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GAO: Federal planning, money needed for rail crossing infrastructure – Billings Gazette, Sept. 27, 2014

September 30, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/gao-federal-planning-money-needed-for-rail-crossing-infrastructure/article_022f50c3-bc1d-5ae8-accb-d3ff79b7fcea.html#ixzz3EpPGcsG0 By Tom Lutey Many American cities, including several in Montana, are ill-prepared to deal with the safety challenges of increased rail traffic, concluded a federal government report released Friday. Train traffic is on rise as Bakken shale oil and other commodities increasingly ship by train, according the the Government Accountability Office. The increased traffic is posing public safety challenges in many U.S. cities, but little is being done to improve infrastructure in those communities, GAO advised. The report, which included rail safety...
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USDA says unapproved GMO wheat found in Huntley – Billings Gazette, Sept. 27, 2014

September 29, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/usda-says-unapproved-gmo-wheat-found-in-huntley/article_6dd66229-027b-577a-bf84-132f83a041bc.html#ixzz3EilzSSgt By Tom Lutey Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up at a Montana research facility east of Billings, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods. The USDA said Friday that the incident is on a smaller scale than a similar finding in Oregon last year that prompted several Asian countries...
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Letter: Election Day registration is vital – Missoulian, Sept. 21, 2014

September 24, 2014
September 21, 2014  In Montana, I am proud that we do things right, including the ability for Montana citizens to register to vote on Election Day. All around the world, people undergo extreme measures to simply cast a vote within their own country. I am proud that Montanans can exercise this right on Election Day. This privilege to register to vote on Election Day will be taken away if Legislative Referendum 126 is passed. Election Day registration has kept Montana elections open...
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Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene – Billings Gazette, Sept. 12, 2014

September 12, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/fracking-workers-exposed-to-dangerous-amounts-of-benzene-study-says/article_375af8c2-fc04-5dcd-8cac-b17b49a934ec.html Tribune Washington Bureau Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. The agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends that people limit their benzene exposure to an average of 0.1 of a part per million during their shift. But when NIOSH researchers measured the amount...
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STB orders Tongue River Railroad backers to reveal more coal market information – SNL Sept. 10, 2014

September 10, 2014
By Darren Epps http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-29173393-12330 The STB's decision addressed a motion filed by coal opponent Northern Plains Resource Council, or NPRC, which asked the agency to require TRRC and two of its owners — Arch and BNSF — to provide more detailed information. In phone interviews, NPRC attorneys celebrated the decision as an opportunity to prove the railroad will not meet financial viability requirements or the public necessity standard.The U.S. Surface Transportation Board ordered Arch Coal Inc. and BNSF Railway Co. to produce additional information regarding coal...
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Press Release: Northern Plains Granted Access to TRR Financial Information, Sept. 10, 2014

September 10, 2014
Surface Transportation Board grants Northern Plains access to TRR financial information Financial status of proposed coal-hauling railroad under scrutiny (BILLINGS, MT)- On September 10th, the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a ruling granting Northern Plains Resource Council access to significant financial information in an ongoing proceeding about the proposed Tongue River Railroad. If the proposed coal-hauling railroad is built, its construction would condemn family farms and ranches in southeastern Montana. The ruling comes as the STB considers the financial viability of...
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Letter: Oil-water balance is crucial for future – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Sept. 2, 2014

September 2, 2014
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/article_a11bd560-32b8-11e4-8006-001a4bcf887a.html?utm_medium=desktop&utm_source=block_486026&utm_campaign=blox The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is working with citizens to update the Montana State Water Plan. The outcome is incredibly important due to the growing drought spreading across the West, and the findings of a recent study, Understanding Oil and Water Challenges in the Northern Great Plains. Due to the intense levels of drilling in the Williston oil basin, Montana must develop and implement proactive and careful water management practices to protect regional resources. The sheer number of wells...
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