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Groups honor former legislator Carol Williams as Conservation Champion

MissoulianMaybe she doesn’t owe it all to Butte, but Carol Williams’ hometown was integral in forging the conservation ethic she’s known for. Williams was feted Tuesday in Missoula by the National Wildlife Federation and three other groups as Conservation Champion. It was the first of what his group hopes is an annual event centered around Women’s History Month, said David Dittloff, regional representative for NWF. <READ MORE>

Bill prohibiting perpetual mine pollution voted down

standardHELENA – A bill to prohibit the state from permitting mines that require perpetual remediation was voted down on party lines and tabled in committee on Wednesday. <READ MORE>

Mining bill sees support from industry and conservation groups

Helena IRMining advocates and conservation groups that often oppose each other on mining-related legislation found some common ground Monday with a bill to add regulations for storing mine tailings. <READ MORE>

Property rights bill would hobble state agencies

Bozeman Daily chronicleMore than two dozen Republican legislators are cosponsoring a bill intended to strengthen private property rights by prohibiting state agencies from taking any action that might affect a person’s enjoyment of their property. But several agencies and attorneys say that could have negative consequences. <READ MORE>

Oil and gas tax holiday under fire in Senate committee

Helena IRHELENA, Mont. (AP) — State senators are contemplating repealing Montana’s oil and gas tax holiday under a recurring Democratic proposal. <READ MORE>

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>