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Montana city to hear if water safe to drink after oil spill

Montana city to hear if water safe to drink after oil spill

Authorities expect to determine Thursday if thousands of residents of a Montana city can drink from their taps after a broken pipeline spilled oil into a river and contaminated their water supply.

January 22, 2015 11:22 am Related Loading…
Guest opinion: Don't sacrifice Smith River to copper mining

Guest opinion: Don't sacrifice Smith River to copper mining

January has become a very special time of year for those of us who appreciate Montana’s incredible outdoor opportunities. About this time every year, folks from every walk of life, whether they are anglers or boaters, naturalists or river rats, tourists or hardened Montanans, all come togeth…

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From spill to statement: Information came in a trickle

From spill to statement: Information came in a trickle

The Poplar Pipeline breach happened at 10 a.m. Saturday, and by 11 a.m. Bridger employees began shutting down the line, according to a press release from Bridger Pipeline LLC.

January 20, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…
Last of library asbestos removal bills will cost Billings $85,025

Last of library asbestos removal bills will cost Billings $85,025

With Monday’s Billings City Council approval for payment of a final $85,025.25 bill for asbestos removal at the old Parmly Billings Library, Library Director Bill Cochran said he thinks that’s the last of the payments.

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Tank-making plant and neighbors closer to accord

Tank-making plant and neighbors closer to accord

A longtime South Billings dispute between neighbors and a firm that manufactures tanks for the oil patch may not be over, but the two sides made progress Thursday night.

December 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Longtime Montana DEQ employee appointed director

Longtime Montana DEQ employee appointed director

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed a longtime employee of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to be the next director of the agency.

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Groups decry Cabinet Mountain mining plans

Hiking the 4-mile trail into Rock Lake from the Noxon, Montana, area weighed heavy on Jim Costello, especially after he met a budding family from Spokane. The couple were packing their toddler along the soothing rumble of Rock Creek for his first wilderness experience.

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Mining company settles on dust violation

Mining company settles on dust violation

BUTTE — Montana Resources has reached a settlement with the state for violating air quality standards during a blowing tailings event last year.

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Hanser's makes quick work of hazardous spills

Hanser's makes quick work of hazardous spills

It takes Ralph Hanser a little more than 30 minutes to show a visitor around the South Side business he’s built over 50 years — including a stop at a container that holds what’s left of a 40-gallon diesel spill that occurred last month at the North 13th Street underpass after a collision.

September 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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This time, the Parmly Billings Library is coming down for good

This time, the Parmly Billings Library is coming down for good

The Billings Public Library’s parking garden will be constructed before Nov. 1 — well, most of it, anyway.

September 02, 2014 5:09 pmLoading…
Library's asbestos removal costs mount

Library's asbestos removal costs mount

The cost of removing asbestos from the old Parmly Library before demolishing it keeps growing, and Library Director Bill Cochran hopes the price tag doesn’t reach — as it could — seven figures.

August 01, 2014 5:49 pmLoading…

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Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

When the new Billings Public Library opened in January, the grand opening for its main entrance, courtyard and parking garden was set for June 30.

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DEQ: Water testing for copper mine will have no impacts

Proposed water testing for a planned copper mine near the headwaters of the Smith River would have no impacts on groundwater quality and minimal short-term effects on quantity, according to an environmental assessment released by the state.

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Crews get to work on asbestos cleanup at old library

Crews get to work on asbestos cleanup at old library

Asbestos removal at the old Parmly Billings Library could take a week or it could take three weeks, but the action marks the beginning of the end for the erstwhile brick building.

June 30, 2014 5:24 pmLoading…
DEQ order

DEQ order

Letter from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality ordering Dual Trucking and Transportation to stop operations northwest of Bainville, where the company was illegally processing radioactive waste from the Bakken oilfield.

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Environmental group sues state over Whitehall mine backfilling

Environmental group sues state over Whitehall mine backfilling

HELENA — An environmental group is suing the state over a decision to not require backfilling of an open pit at the Golden Sunlight Mine near Whitehall.

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Billings plant churns out about 9 billion gallons of clean water

Billings plant churns out about 9 billion gallons of clean water

Once again in 2013, the Billings water treatment plant produced between 8 billion and 9 billion gallons of the tastiest and purest water in Montana.

March 26, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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State OKs copper exploration at head of Smith River

State OKs copper exploration at head of Smith River

The state is allowing a Canadian company to dig deep into the ground to explore for copper near a tributary of the famed Smith River north of White Sulphur Springs.

January 16, 2014 12:18 pmLoading…

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