BLM report: Improve antiquated coal fees and oversight – Montana on the Ground, Jan. 11, 2017

By Laura Lundquist The Bureau of Land Management should not only require a better return on coal leases for U.S. taxpayers but also work harder to balance coal production against the growing threat of climate change, according to a new Department of the Interior report. On Wednesday, the BLM released an exhaustive report on the federal coal […]

BLM report: Federal coal program needs reforming – Public News Service, Jan. 12, 2017

WITH AUDIO By Eric Tegethoff BILLINGS, Mont. — A new report from the Bureau of Land Management highlights the many issues with the federal coal production program. The report, released Wednesday, said the way coal mines are leased on public lands is in need of reform, and the program in its current form isn’t giving taxpayers a fair […]

Press release: Western citizens welcome key report highlighting problems and solutions for federal coal program – Jan. 11, 2017

Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. – Members of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) applauded the Bureau of Land Management’s release today of a key report in its programmatic review of the federal coal program. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the review a year ago in response to calls from […]

Lease denied for proposed Washington state coal terminal – KTVQ TV, Jan. 3, 2017

WITH VIDEO By Jay Kohn KTVQ TV Jan. 3, 2017 BILLINGS – More controversy on Tuesday in the effort to build a new coal export terminal in Longview, Wash. Washington State Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark denied a sublease request by developer Millennium Bulk Terminals, in essence refusing to allow the state’s aquatic lands to be used for […]

Press release: Resource councils welcome release of Stream Protection Rule – Dec. 19, 2016

By Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. – Today, the Department of Interior and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released the final Stream Protection Rule. The rule, which is designed to prevent water degradation by utilizing the best available science and technology, marks the first national update to water protections from coal […]

Press release: Board of Oil and Gas Conservation adopts drilling notification – Dec. 14, 2016

New rule increases transparency in Montana oil industry Northern Plains Resource Council Today, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation voted 4-3 to adopt a rule requiring oil and gas operators to notify landowners within ¼ mile of a proposed oil or gas well. With the adoption of this rule, notification of neighboring landowners […]

Billings Gazette opinion: Montana oil and gas drillers should give notice to neighbors – Dec. 14, 2016

Dec. 14, 2016 Montanans place a high value on their right to know what their government is doing. The Montana Board of Oil and Gas has the opportunity at its meeting today in Billings to ensure that owners of “occupied structures” receive written notice before the board permits drilling within a quarter mile of the […]

‘Good Neighbor Agreement’ to survive Stillwater sale, conservation group says – Montana Public Radio, Dec. 9, 2016

WITH AUDIO A Montana conservation group says it expects a special environmental protection agreement it signed with Stillwater Mining to remain in effect after the sale of the company, which was finalized today. In 2000, previous company owners signed a “good neighbor agreement” with Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council. The agreement lays out specific environmental […]

South African company to acquire Stillwater Mining Company for $2.2 billion – Billings Gazette Dec. 10, 2016

By Erik Olson Stillwater Mining Co. announced Friday a deal to sell to a South African mining company for $2.2 billion, which would effectively end Stillwater’s two-decade run as a publicly-traded firm. Sibanye Gold Limited agreed to pay $18 per share in cash for Columbus-based Stillwater, Montana’s largest mining company. The deal is expected to […]