HELENA — President Barack Obama’s comments Tuesday on the future of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline gave hope to both pipeline supporters and opponents — or, depending on how you look at it, didn’t clear up anything.
Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owners of Montana's massive Colstrip coal-fired power plant, seeking to force the installation of more pollution controls at the decades-old facility.
HELENA -- PPL Montana sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to prevent the federal agency from releasing data about its Colstrip power plant to two environmental groups that want to know what upgrades the 1970s-era coal-fired plant has undergone.
HELENA — Power companies told state regulators Tuesday that new federal pollution rules for coal-fired power plants are sure to raise electricity rates for Montana consumers, as utilities will ask to pass the costs of compliance on to ratepayers.
HELENA — A Republican-backed plan to rewrite the state's main environmental law was praised Wednesday by supporters as a job-creator that would boost industry projects, while critics bashed the proposal as do-nothing philosophical grandstanding.
HELENA — As majority Republicans at the Legislature talk up oil, gas, and coal development in Montana, they're also pursuing another energy agenda: Torpedoing the state's incentives for conservation and renewable power.
Editor's note: This is the third story of an ongoing series this month by the Gazette State Bureau, examining major issues and themes before the 2011 Legislature, which convenes Jan. 3.