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Motivating Issue

Water and food. They’re interrelated, of course. A lot of our problems start with the use of petroleum-based chemicals on our food, and those get washed into the water supply. If we get our food system right, that will solve a lot of issues.

Why I Belong To MEIC

MEIC offers guidance to grassroots organizations. They understand the politics of the issues and do a good job of explaining it in their publications, which offer a course of action.

What I Want To Pass On

We need to protect our agricultural lands. Once land is developed for houses, you never get it back.

Member since 2009
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Protecting the Environment from Uncontrolled Oil and Gas Development at the Legislature

Volume 21, Number 2 — February 4, 2015

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Photo Courtesy of Tony Bynum.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Bynum.

Over the past decade, oil and gas development in Montana has experienced exponential growth and become a major environmental concern. With the advent of horizontal drilling, combined with hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking” as it’s known) there has been tremendous growth in the number of oil and gas wells, as well as in the associated infrastructure, particularly in the Bakken formation in eastern Montana. Unfortunately, fracking for oil and gas has major environmental implications, including air and water pollution, degradation of habitat, and climate change.

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Posted on January 30th, 2015

Yellowstone River oil pipeline disasters. Wrong again. Wrong again. Wrong again.

TransCanada, the backers of Keystone XL are making similar promises that they are unlikely to honor.

by Derf Johnson

Most Montanans woke up to the terrible news on Monday that, yet again, an oil pipeline ruptured toxic crude into the Yellowstone River. Initial reports estimated that up to 50,000 gallons of crude oil had been released into the Yellowstone from a pipeline that was last inspected 3 years ago, is allegedly buried 8 feet below the surface, is owned by Bridger Pipeline, and is directly upstream from the City of Glendive.

Almost immediately, officials went on record proclaiming that they were “unaware of any threats to public safety or health.” How they were unaware that there were any threats to public health while at least 50,000 gallons of toxic crude began to float down the Yellowstone, contaminate a major river and a source of drinking water for millions of Americans, and poison aquatic species and wildlife, is beyond me.

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Posted on January 20th, 2015

Your “Insider’s Guide” to the 2015 Legislature

Volume 21, Number 1 — January 7, 2015

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MT_Capitol11Welcome to the first issue of MEIC’s Capitol Monitor for the 2015 legislative session.  As usual, you can expect to receive high-quality and up-to-date information on the Montana legislative session.

We expect this session will be one of the most challenging in MEIC’s 41-year history. We hope that by communicating  promptly and frequently with you—our members—you will be able to participate more effectively in our lobbying efforts.

And—no kidding—we need your help. Our lobbyists cannot do it alone.  Protecting the environment this session will require everyone’s efforts. So please use the Capitol Monitor and our website ( to become involved. Let’s protect the things that make Montana special.

Legislators need to be told over and over that Montanans want clean air, clean water, clean energy, and the right to participate in government decision-making. If they don’t hear from you, it could be that they will only hear from well-heeled, self-interested lobbyists. It’s your choice.

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Posted on January 8th, 2015

New regulations: Coal industry, critics differ on cost to Montana consumers

MissoulianHELENA – In their fight against federal rules to cut carbon emissions, the coal industry and its allies are producing studies saying the rules mean big price increases for electricity consumers in Montana and elsewhere. <READ MORE>

Posted on December 24th, 2014