HELENA – Senators began negotiating amendments to a bill opponents fear would legalize private discussions of public business by elected officials, but that supporters argue would provide needed clarity for well-meaning public servants.
Parts of the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip will shut down by 2022. But there’s a chance that the plant’s operators could pull out even sooner, creating an unforeseeable future for the community the power plant employs. Lawmakers in Helena say they have a plan that will help Colstrip stay open for as long as possible.
A lawsuit against the Board of Oil and Gas seeks to require more disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing jobs in Montana, arguing the state’s own records fail to provide key information to landowners, but a state official says current rules are sufficient.
Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation continues to needlessly deny landowners and communities access to critical information about chemicals that could pollute water supplies
Both of them lived in the Flathead, an area where mountains crowd the horizon on the western side of the state. It’s more than 200 miles from the state capital, and Zinke had turned down an offer by Barkus, a Republican state senator at the time, to drive down together.