The Helena City Commission on Wednesday agreed to consider a resolution encouraging absolute protection of the Smith River from mining activities. The decision to consider the resolution on Oct. 17 was supported by three commissioners: Robert Farris-Olsen, who proposed the resolution, Ed Noonan and Andres Haladay.
HELENA — Many who want to preserve the way of life in a small southeastern Montana town after a coal-fired power plant there is partially shuttered lined up to support a slew of proposed bills aimed to help offset social and economic losses, while some questioned if several measures exacted too harsh a toll on utilities and ratepayers.
HELENA — It could cost as much as $1.4 billion to capture carbon dioxide at the Colstrip power plant, which then could be converted into other uses and sold, U.S. Department of Energy officials those attending a meeting Wednesday convened by the governor were told.
Owners of southeastern Montana’s Colstrip coal-fired power plant will convert two of the four units to a nonliquid disposal system, which environmental groups called a major step toward ending 30 years of groundwater pollution caused by leaking coal-ash ponds.