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Black Butte Mine aquifer tests move ahead

Bozeman Daily chronicleThe Montana Department of Environmental Quality has given Tintina Resources the go-ahead to dig four new deep wells to test the aquifer near the proposed Black Butte Copper Mine but has added one safety requirement for the project. <READ MORE>

Number of crude oil trains through county increases

Western News LogoBetween 12 and 16 trains traveled through Lincoln County, each carrying more than 100 cars of Bakken crude oil, during a one-week span in early June, according to a weekly train-tracking document from BNSF Railway. <READ MORE>

Guest opinion: Climate change is scientific reality

Billings GazetteAs scientists who have lived and worked in Montana, we understand the scientific principles demonstrating that human activity is rapidly changing our climate. That is why we joined over 100 other scientists across Montana in sending a letter to our top elected officials calling on them to support policies that reduce carbon pollution ... <READ MORE>

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Hundreds comment on Black Butte mine proposal

Bozeman Daily chronicleFor a relatively small project, a mining company’s proposal to dig a few test wells generated a significant number of public comments.  <READ MORE>

DEQ: Water testing for copper mine will have no impacts

Billings GazetteProposed water testing for a planned copper mine near the headwaters of the Smith River would have no impacts on groundwater quality and minimal short-term effects on quantity, according to an environmental assessment released by the state. <READ MORE>

Plan to expand logging on grizzly, bull trout habitat near Whitefish in court

MissoulianA state plan to expand logging on school trust lands would ruin crucial habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout near Whitefish, attorneys argued in federal court Thursday. <READ MORE>

Montana Crude Rail Routes Revealed

InsideEnergy-LOGO-290x165A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains — far fewer in number – pass through populated regions farther south. <READ MORE>


Groups challenge permit for Granstdale Addition subdivision

Ravalli republicThree groups are challenging the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s issuance of a groundwater discharge permit for a 181-lot subdivision on the outskirts of Hamilton. Bitterrooters for Planning, the Montana Environmental Information Center and the Bitterroot River Protection Association filed suit Tuesday in Helena District Court, challenging the state permit for the Grantsdale Addition subdivision. <READ MORE>

Colstrip is neither cheap nor reliable for Montanans

Helena IRWhen your old car continues to break down, there comes a point when you decide to stop throwing money at it and invest in a newer, more reliable vehicle that will save you in the long run. Unit 4 at the aging Colstrip coal-fired power plant is now analogous to that old car that needed a valve job last year, a new exhaust system this year and likely will need another expensive fix next year as well. Unfortunately, Montana’s electricity bill-payers aren’t in the driver’s seat on the financial decisions for the power plant. <READ MORE>

4,000 new clean energy jobs in Montana, report predicts

Helena IRA new economic report commissioned by two conservation groups says Montana will support more than 4,000 clean energy jobs in the next two decades. <READ MORE>