HELENA — A group of farm and ranch owners, along with two environmental advocacy groups, are suing the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation over rules that allow oil and gas companies to keep secret the chemicals they use for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
President Trump is doubling down on his promise to end the “war on coal.” One day after Trump signed an executive order rolling back a handful of Obama-era climate regulations, the administration announced it is lifting coal-leasing restrictions.
HELENA – Montana lawmakers began discussions Thursday on legislation that would require two owners of the Colstrip power plant, which faces a partial shutdown, to come up with a plan to compensate the surrounding community for its economic losses.
The future of Colstrip and its big coal-fired power plant, which will lose two of its four units sometime in the next five years, will be big discussion topics in the second half of the Montana Legislature, with one bill in the works calling for two of the plant’s owners to pay about $40 million between them to cover social and economic impacts caused by the reduction in power.
HELENA – Ryan Zinke was sworn in on Wednesday as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in the Trump administration – and the special statewide election to choose his successor in Montana is just 12 weeks away, on Thursday, May 25.