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Down to Earth – May 2015

MEIC_DTE_MAY2015-1Click on the link below to download the May 2015 issue of Down to Earth.

In this issue:

  • Otter Creek Mine and the Tongue River Railroad
  • 2015 Legislature in Review
  • 2015 Legislative Voting Record
  • Smith River Mine Update
  • Colstrip in the Legislature
  • Electric Grid Reliability
  • Sen. Jon Tester and the Clean Power Plan

Down to Earth – May 2015

Montana rails form crucial link in world energy chain, leaders say

MissoulianEnergy doesn’t help anybody if it can’t get where it’s wanted, and Montana forms a crucial link in the energy transportation chain, railroad leaders at the Asia-Montana Energy Summit said Thursday. <READ MORE>

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>