Archive: 2015

Letter: Don’t sell Montana’s water quality down the river – Montana Standard, Dec. 27, 2015

December 28, 2015
Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality is working to weaken Montana’s water quality standards (WQS) for Otter Creek to accommodate Otter Creek Coal, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, so it can mine and ship Montana coal to Asian markets, despite that EPA recently approved Montana’s WQS for the Tongue River and its tributaries, including Otter Creek. EPA began a comprehensive review of the science supporting these WQS in 2011, and concluded that the WQS for the Tongue and its tributaries...
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Guest editorial: Time to end speculation by Tongue River Railroad – Billings Gazette, Dec. 23, 2015

December 23, 2015
By Mark Fix and Clint McRae On the afternoon before Thanksgiving, the Tongue River Railroad Company asked the federal Surface Transportation Board to indefinitely freeze its permit application for the proposed Tongue River Railroad. If permitted, the railroad would condemn up to 90 miles of working family farm and ranchland in southeastern Montana to build a new rail line to ship coal from the proposed Otter Creek coal mine to proposed Pacific Northwest coal export facilities and then on to...
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Letter: Zinke shows little regard for treaty rights – Billings Gazette, Dec. 13, 2015

December 17, 2015
Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., goes to Washington, D.C., to represent Cloud Peak Energy. He definitely doesn’t represent Indian Country. The Dec. 3 Gazette article about Zinke was the same old story. Zinke attached an amendment to a bill to undermine the Lummi Nation’s treaty rights at Cloud Peak’s request. For 4,000 years, the Lummi have buried their ancestors at Cherry Point, Wash., where Cloud Peak wants a coal export terminal. They have a treaty right to protect that ground. Zinke tries...
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Call Senators Tester, Daines to prevent export of U.S. crude oil – Dec. 14, 2015

December 15, 2015
By Northern Plains Resource Council Act now to stop the U.S. Senate from making a deal with Big Oil to lift the crude oil export ban. The United States banned exports of American crude oil to foreign countries in the 1970s to protect us from oil shortages and spikes in gas prices. Lifting the export ban would mean more drilling, more dangerous oil train traffic, more oil tankers, and more spills, with little to no benefit to the American people. Repealing...
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Press release: Tongue River ranchers challenge attempt to freeze railroad proceedings

December 11, 2015
Landowners concerned about ongoing threat of condemnation By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- On Friday, Dec. 11, Northern Plains Resource Council and Rocker Six Cattle Company made a formal filing with the Surface Transportation Board opposing the Tongue River Railroad Company’s request to indefinitely suspend their application to construct the Tongue River Railroad (TRR). They argued that the Board should instead deny the permit application. If permitted, the TRR would condemn up to 90 miles of working family farm and ranchland...
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Guest opinion: Let’s apply Montana’s conservation ethic to Clean Power Plan – Billings Gazette, Dec. 8, 2015

December 8, 2015
By Jim Posewitz The Clean Power Plan is designed to reduce Montana’s contribution to the carbon pollution now affecting our climate and every person on earth. The steady flow of scientific verification along with daily weather reports demand action and political acknowledgement of a reality that must be addressed. Climate change will undeniably alter the landscape of Montana, and the very reasons many of us choose to live here. The research shows that as temperatures increase, so will the frequency and...
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WTO ruling against American food labeling angers Montana ag groups – Billings Gazette, Dec. 8, 2015

December 8, 2015
By TOM LUTEY America’s method for letting consumers know where their meat and produce comes from took a $1 billion hit Monday from the World Trade Organization, and Montana farm groups responded angrily. The WTO, which settles trade disputes, approved Canada and Mexico requests to impose tariffs on U.S. products in retaliation for American County of Origin Labeling. COOL, as the 4-year-old program is known, involves labeling meat and fruit and vegetables so that U.S. shoppers know where their food was raised....
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Letter: Montanans should support EPA efforts to make oil well emissions rules – Billings Gazette, Dec. 2, 2015

December 2, 2015
Our family cattle ranch is located east of Bainville, placing it in the Montana portion of the Bakken oil field. As the days grow colder and darker, I am appalled when I drive by countless oil well flares spouting huge flames into thin air. What a waste! What poor stewardship of a natural resource! Moreover, it is a demonstrated fact that the volatile organic compounds associated with flaring are a health hazard, especially to children. Most states have at least...
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Letter: Clean Power Plan is good for Montana economy – Havre Daily News, Nov. 30, 2015

December 1, 2015
I haven’t seen the crap piled so high since our ranch had a feedlot back in the ’70s. NorthWestern Energy recently commissioned a report by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research to sue the EPA over its Clean Power Plan. Almost every page of the report is littered with false assumptions, twisted logic and anti-environmental delusion.   Contrary to everything Gov. Steve Bullock has said he would do, the NorthWestern report assumes that his Clean Power Plan will cause...
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Press statement: Tongue River rancher responds to coal railroad suspension – Nov. 25, 2015

November 25, 2015
By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. – The Tongue River Railroad Company (TRR) today requested that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) temporarily suspend permitting efforts for the construction and operation of its proposed rail line along the Tongue River in southeast Montana. “This announcement will ensure a happy Thanksgiving for landowners whose property stands to be cut apart if the Tongue River Railroad is ever built,” said Jeanie Alderson, Vice Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council and a fourth-generation Tongue River rancher. “Pressured by...
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