SB 329 - Extend the Otter Creek coal tract leases for another ten years
Sponsored by Tom Richmond, R-Billings
- WE Oppose - SB 329 - Extend the Otter Creek coal tract leases for another ten years
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This bill would allow the Land Board to extend state coal leases, including those at Otter Creek held by Arch Coal, from ten to twenty years. Landowners near the Otter Creek tracts and in the Tongue River Valley lived under the constant threat of a new mine and the Tongue River Railroad for decades. Speculative coal ventures should not be allowed to cast uncertainty and fear indefinitely over the landowners that would be affected by a new mine or the associated infrastructure. Given that Arch Coal is in bankruptcy, the company’s leases should be allowed to expire so landowners can get on with their lives.
Call Governor Bullock and tell him to VETO SB 329!