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Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Montanans are gearing up for the latest round in the coal wars, with industry supporters trying to protect jobs while environmentalists seek a shift to renewable energy.

July 20, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Mike Scott is a Billings-based organizer for the Sierra Club.

July 18, 2014 5:48 pmLoading…

Environmentalists sue EPA over regional haze plan

CASPER, Wyo. — Last week, Wyoming sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its regional haze plan, claiming the regulations went too far. This week, environmentalists sued the EPA claiming the regulations didn't go far enough.

April 01, 2014 8:28 pmLoading…

'An open and public process': Republicans take aim at presidential exemption

In what’s shaping to be a battle over the authority of the executive branch, House Republicans and conservationists are squaring off over a century-old law that gives presidents the authority to designate lands as national monuments.

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PPL releases amount of improvements done at Colstrip power plant

PPL releases amount of improvements done at Colstrip power plant

HELENA — Data released as part of a recently settled freedom-of-information lawsuit show that PPL Montana spent more than $127 million over eight years in capital improvements at the Colstrip power plant.

November 25, 2013 2:58 pmLoading…

Lummis-supported bills move forward

CASPER, Wyo. -- Rep. Cynthia Lummis supported three bills that successfully passed through the House Natural Resources Committee last week, each of which she said will help the Cowboy State.

August 04, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming joins lawsuit against EPA's 'sue and settle' practice

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming is one of 12 states that will sue the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday to force the release of EPA records related to some lawsuits by environmental groups.

July 21, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Obama links Keystone approval to carbon emissions

Obama links Keystone approval to carbon emissions

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn't worsen carbon pollution.

June 25, 2013 5:42 pmLoading…
Sierra Club sues BNSF over coal dust from trains

Sierra Club sues BNSF over coal dust from trains

SEATTLE — The Sierra Club is suing Burlington Northern Santa Fe in federal court in Seattle over coal dust that blows off trains into Washington rivers and Puget Sound.

June 05, 2013 2:33 pmLoading…
BLM energy leasing decision prompts lawsuit threat

BLM energy leasing decision prompts lawsuit threat

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Seven conservation groups have notified the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency for making more than 1,200 square miles available for potential oil shale and tar sands leasing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

May 29, 2013 3:02 pmLoading…

Environmental groups: Halt new Powder River Basin coal mining

New U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a Wyoming-centric letter on Monday, her first day overseeing federal lands.

April 15, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Environmental groups seek coal leasing moratorium

Environmental groups seek coal leasing moratorium

Environmental groups are calling for a moratorium on coal leasing in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming until the federal government reviews the program.

April 15, 2013 11:06 am Photos

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Groups to sue BNSF, others over coal in waterways

Groups to sue BNSF, others over coal in waterways

SEATTLE — Several conservation groups on Tuesday announced plans to sue Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and several top U.S. coal producers, claiming they spill coal into Washington state waterways in violation of federal law.

April 02, 2013 1:14 pmLoading…

Board allows Two Elk coal plant to change build schedule

CASPER, Wyo. -- A Wyoming state board on Monday again approved delaying construction of a 17-years-in-the-making coal-fired generation project near Wright despite some members' concerns that the project has been allowed to drag on for too long.

April 01, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Long-delayed Wyoming power plant near Wright could see construction next year

The company planning an oft-delayed $750 million waste-coal-to-energy project near Wright could start construction in less than a year.

March 07, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

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.

March 06, 2013 6:26 pmLoading…
Global warming activists rally in Missoula to raise awareness

Global warming activists rally in Missoula to raise awareness

MISSOULA — Just as 40,000-some people rallied on the National Mall in the Washington, D.C. to demand action against climate change, a multi-generational crowd in Missoula gathered at the Xs on Sunday with the same mission.

February 17, 2013 6:33 pm Photos

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Groups say benefits from proposed Otter Creek coal mine overstated

Groups say benefits from proposed Otter Creek coal mine overstated

Environmental groups say an economic study of southeastern Montana's proposed Otter Creek coal mine exaggerates the benefits and understates the costs of the project near the Wyoming border.

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Environmental groups sue over Wyoming wolves

Environmental groups sue over Wyoming wolves

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service never should have accepted a wolf-management plan that allows the state of Wyoming to classify the animals as predators that may be shot on sight, environmental groups said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

November 13, 2012 1:32 pmLoading…

Supreme Court says coal lease was OK

The Montana Supreme Court says a board chaired by Gov. Brian Schweitzer did not violate the state Constitution when it leased 587 million tons of coal without an environmental review.

October 23, 2012 4:39 pmLoading…

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