Archive: November, 2014

Guest editorial: This land is our land – Huffington Post, Nov. 24, 2014

November 28, 2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-allen/this-land-is-our-land_1_b_6214864.html By Paul Allen Copy of the lawsuit: http://worc.org/userfiles/file/Coal/BLM_suit/BLM-complaint-asfiled-11-24-2014.pdf Our global climate is warming due to the unprecedented amounts of carbon dioxide we are emitting through the combustion of fossil fuels. I have seen the impact of this firsthand in the degradation of coral reefs and the retreat of glaciers around the world. The combustion of coal is one of the worst greenhouse gas emitters of any fossil fuel. The efforts of the Obama Administration and some members of Congress to tackle climate...
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Supreme Court takes up Montana coal tax dispute – Associated Press, November 25, 2014

November 26, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/supreme-court-takes-up-montana-coal-tax-dispute/article_872fa560-1558-528d-803c-48e946bd6668.html By Matthew Brown Montana authorities charged Tuesday that coal sales between mining companies and their own affiliates are subject to manipulation and need to be treated differently from other sales. Coal sales to affiliates have come under increased scrutiny as state and federal regulators investigate whether mining companies are underpaying taxes on coal sold to U.S. and overseas power companies. The state’s concerns over the common industry practice emerged during a Tuesday hearing before the state Supreme Court in a tax dispute...
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Audio: Montana co-op members want energy diversity – Public News Service, Nov. 25, 2014

November 25, 2014
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-11-25/environment/montana-co-op-members-want-energy-diversity/a43065-1 By Deborah Courson Smith Play Audio in Browser Window FERGUS COUNTY, Mont. - Rural electric co-ops in western Montana have made no secret of their opposition to proposed EPA rules that would require a reduction in carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Some of the co-ops have long-term contracts with energy companies to purchase coal-generated electricity. But not all co-op members agree that coal should be the primary source. Roy O'Connor is one of those speaking up about the need to diversify,...
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Solar and wind energy start to win on price vs. conventional fuels – New York Times, Nov. 23, 2014

November 24, 2014
By Diane Cardwell For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies...
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At-risk wells near oil fields tested – Great Falls Tribune, Nov. 21, 2014

November 24, 2014
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2014/11/19/risk-wells-near-oil-fields-tested/19301259/ By Karl Puckett Rural wells at risk from oil-field activities are being sampled in Montana through a program in which the state is funding tests to gather baseline data on quality and quantity in advance of potential problems. The 2013 Legislature approved $300,000 for two years of testing. Bud Barta, who lives outside of Lewistown, is taking advantage of the funding to have his water tested this winter or the spring, depending on the weather. Without baseline data, Barta said, landowners have no...
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Audio: Report: ‘let it go’ should be a no-no for natural gas in Montana – Public News Service, Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-11-21/energy-policy/report-let-it-go-should-be-a-no-no-for-natural-gas-in-mt/a43011-1 Play Audio in Browser Window By Deborah Courson Smith BILLINGS, Mont. - A boom in oil production in the Bakken in Montana has led to too much flaring, venting and leaking natural gas, according to a new report from the Northern Plains Resource Council. The report noted that the natural gas is considered a byproduct, and because of low prices and few pipelines, there isn't much incentive to capture it - and few penalties for wasting it. Cindy Webber, who chairs the resource council's Oil and...
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Press release: Fracking-foe activist fires up Northern Plains members

November 20, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council “Get tough and get involved at the local level,” Helen Slottje told about 120 members of Northern Plains Resource Council and others Nov. 15 in Billings. Slottje, a winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, was the keynote speaker at Northern Plains’ 43rd Annual Meeting. Slottje, a lawyer from Ithaca, New York, has successfully helped nearly 200 communities to ban fracking from within their communities. Fracking – or “hydraulic fracturing” – is a process used by...
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Report: U.S. has too much coal export capacity – Portland Business Journal, Nov. 19, 2014

November 19, 2014
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2014/11/report-u-s-has-too-much-coal-export-capacity.htm By Wendy Culverwell The United States used only 34 percent of its total coal export capacity and does not need additional terminals, according to a new report that casts doubt on plans to develop new ports on the Columbia River. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a Cleveland-based nonprofit, released a report today by Tom Sanzillo that concludes that the country's existing coal ports are operating well below capacity. Climate Solutions announced the report locally. The report concludes it would be folly to continue to pursue...
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Press release: New report looks at natural gas flaring boom, Nov. 19, 2014

November 19, 2014
Waste sparked by oil prices, length of leases, and weak protections By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- Surging oil production in shale hotspots, like the Bakken in Montana and North Dakota, and Eagle Ford in Texas, has increased waste of natural gas through flaring, venting, and leaking, according to a new report released today by Northern Plains Resource Council in conjunction with the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), a network of conservationists and family farmers and ranchers. The report, The Flaring...
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Letter: Column on EPA carbon rules untruthful – Billings Gazette, Nov. 19, 2014

November 19, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/column-on-epa-carbon-rules-untruthful/article_ddc0d40a-c904-5657-b905-c3d775d7883d.html I am astonished at how untruthful a recent (Oct. 27) guest column on the impact of the EPA's new rule to reduce carbon emissions by Henry Kriegel was. But perhaps I shouldn't be. He is a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the Koch billionaires, who have never been known to put truth ahead of profit. First, he seems to assume that there is nothing to global warming, something that 97 percent of the world's climate scientists agree...
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