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Associated Press: Rains from Florence cause collapse at North Carolina coal ash landfill

by Michael Biesecker Associated Press, September 16, 2018, 10:06 AM Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said about 2,000 cubic yards (1,530 cubic meters) of ash were displaced […]


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Colstrip ash pond cleanup will cost $138 million, Talen Energy estimates – Billings Gazette, Aug. 16, 2017

By Tom Lutey Talen Energy has put a $138 million price tag on capping Colstrip Power Plant’s toxic coal ash ponds. The co-owner and operator of the southeast Montana coal-fired power plant submitted the required estimates earlier this month to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. Capping the ash ponds is only one portion of […]


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Sudden droughts, wildfires are vision of Montana’s future, says state climatologist – Yellowstone Public Radio, Aug. 15, 2017

By Nate Hegyi A smoke-filled August sky is nothing new for Montanans, but this summer seems particularly bad. And now a state climatologist is saying people here better get used to it — wildfires and sudden droughts could be the new normal. If you’re wondering what climate change will look like in Montana, state climatologist […]


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Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

This blog ran as the Chair’s Column in the Summer 2017 Plains Truth, the voice of the Northern Plains Resource council. The drought in eastern Montana this summer reminds us, yet again, that ranchers and farmers depend on clean, reliable water sources for their livelihoods. This summer, I’ve visited with producers in Dawson, Garfield, Fergus, […]

Press release: Trump administration reopens fossil fuel revenue loophole, cuts funds for coal counties – Aug. 7, 2017

Press release: Family farm and ranch groups decry bad deal for affected communities BILLINGS, Mont. – The Office of Natural Resources Revenue published a final rule today in the Federal Register to repeal the fossil fuel valuation rule set by the Obama administration. In response, rancher Steve Charter, of Shepherd, Mont., released the following on […]

Press release: Farmers and ranchers call for coal mine cleanup – Aug. 3, 2017

Joint Press Release from the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Northern Plains Resource Council & Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. – As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the federal strip mine law, coal field residents are urging the federal government to make good on promises to reclaim mined land. Today marks 40 years since the […]

U.S. gives Montana $4.6 million for retraining coal workers – Associated Press, Aug. 1, 2017

By Bobby Caina Calvan Associated Press Aug. 1, 2017 HELENA — The U.S. government awarded $4.6 million in aid on Tuesday to retrain hundreds of Montana coal workers, many of whom will soon be out of jobs because of a partial closure of the coal-fired Colstrip power plant. The money was allocated after President Donald Trump declared […]

Press release: Record breaking 169,000 comments raise concerns about water quality impacts of Longview coal export terminal – July 27, 2017

By Power Past Coal LONGVIEW, Wash. — More than 169,000 public comments flooded the Washington Department of Ecology encouraging the agency to deny a water quality permit needed for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview. This is the largest number of comments Ecology has ever received on a Water Quality Certification […]

Rising from the ashes, a Buffalo suburb ends its dependence on coal – Grist, July 11, 2017

NOTE: Peter de Jesus, a western New York labor leader, spoke at the 2016 Northern Plains Annual Meeting about the “just transition” taking place at Tonawanda, New York. By Elizabeth McGowan Grist July 11, 2017 Sixteen months ago, the coal-fired Huntley Generating Station, which sits on the banks of the Niagara River, stopped producing power […]


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