Montana’s ‘Greenest’ Building Marks 10th Anniversary, 100% Solar Energy

Montana’s ‘Greenest’ Building Marks 10th Anniversary, 100% Solar Energy BILLINGS, Mont. – About 80 people stopped by the Home on the Range today [June 25] to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Montana’s “greenest” building and flip the switch on a new 75-panel solar array that will provide the building with 100% of its energy needs. […]

Montanans In Spokane To testify On Washington State Coal Export Facility

  Montanans In Spokane To Testify On Washington State Coal Export Facility   SPOKANE, Wash. — Nearly two dozen Montanans traveled to Spokane today to testify at the second of three public hearings on the proposed coal export terminal at Longview, Washington.   Washington State’s Department of Ecology, Cowlitz County, and the U.S. Army Corps […]

Group Praises First Ever Nationwide Standards For Methane Pollution

    Group Praises First Ever Nationwide Standards For Methane Pollution   Today, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first nationwide safeguards limiting methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and toxic air pollutants such as benzene from new, reconstructed, or modified oil and gas infrastructure. The standards are projected to reduce 510,000 tons […]

Army Corps Turns Down Huge Coal Export Facility In Washington State

  Army Corps Turns Down Huge Coal Export Facility In Washington State BILLINGS, Mont. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today turned down an application to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal, a proposed coal export facility at Cherry Point, near Bellingham, Washington. The Corps ruled the project would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of […]

Federal board dismisses permit for coal-hauling railroad in southeast Montana

  Federal board dismisses permit for coal-hauling Tongue River Railroad   The Surface Transportation Board today dismissed Tongue River Railroad Company’s (TRRC) application to build the proposed coal-hauling Tongue River Railroad. The railroad would have used the power of federal eminent domain to condemn family farm and ranch land in southeastern Montana in order to […]

Conservation group’s leader to query presidential candidates in Reno

  Conservation group’s leader to query presidential candidates in Reno Kate French of Bozeman wants to know where presidential candidates stand on helping rural Americans transition to a better, more diversified economy, especially residents in coal-dependent areas. French is attending the non-partisan “Real Solutions for Real People” presidential candidate town hall hosted by the Center […]

Pacific Northwest totem pole dedicated in Billings

  Pacific Northwest totem pole dedicated in Billings BILLINGS, Mont. – About 120 people gathered at the Northern Plains Resource Council building in Billings today to dedicate a totem pole carved by members of the Lummi Nation in Washington state. The totem pole is a gift from the Lummi to members of the Northern Cheyenne in […]

Northern Plains welcomes proposed new methane and waste prevention standards

  Northern Plains welcomes proposed new methane and waste prevention standards   Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a new proposed rule to help prevent the waste of federal oil and gas resources. In Montana, as well as the rest of the western United States, oil and gas wells release natural gas during […]