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Montana reaction to Keystone veto mixed

Great Falls TribuneMontana reaction was mixed to President Obama’s Tuesday veto of the proposed 875-mile, 36-inch Keystone XL Pipeline from Port of Morgan in Phillips County Montana to Steele City, Nebraska. <READ MORE>

Bigger bond for metal mines sought

The Senate Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on a bill Monday that would increase the amount of bonding required for developers of metal mines, a move supported by conservation groups and opposed by the mining industry. <READ MORE>

Bill would fine feds for wildfire smoke

Bozeman Daily chronicleIn recent summers, Gallatin Valley residents have sometimes had to endure poor air quality from wildfire smoke, so a Bozeman legislator wants Montana to be able to fine the federal government for that. <READ MORE>

Great Falls lawmaker renews debate on oil, gas trust fund

Bozeman Daily chronicleMontana lawmakers have grappled for several years over whether to create a carbon copy of the state’s coal trust using a slice of tax revenue collected from oil and gas producers. This year, they seem closer to a compromise. <READ MORE>

Dunwell brings fracking disclosure bill

Helena IROil and gas developers would have to disclose concentrations of fracking fluids and notify nearby landowners 45 days before beginning operations under legislation sponsored by a Helena representative. <READ MORE>

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>

Cost of compromise

Missoula IndependentOn Dec. 3, Rep. Steve Daines stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh in a joint press conference announcing the attachment of a sweeping and, as the trio dubbed it, “historic” package of public lands bills to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act. <READ MORE>

Front protection bill also ‘releases’ areas from wilderness study

Great Falls TribuneThe Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, now calls for removing land in northeastern and southeastern Montana from wilderness consideration. <READ MORE>

Montana energy interests, environmentalists, officials weigh in on EPA carbon rules

MissoulianHELENA – Montana energy interests, environmentalists and others this week weighed in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules to limit carbon emissions at existing power plants, raising scores of questions about the rules’ workability. <READ MORE>

Montana senators vote for Keystone pipeline

Great Falls TribuneU.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh of Montana voted for the Keystone XL pipeline bill that was defeated Tuesday after failing to reach the 60-vote threshold necessary for approval.

Both are Democrats. <READ MORE>