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SB 339 - Colstrip Remediation Plan Requirement

SB 339 is a consensus bill developed by the Senate Natural Resources committee that would require the Colstrip owners to file a remediation plan with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. That plan must outline all remediation obligations under existing law and provide information on how the owners intend to comply with those obligations. The […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Passed Senate and House. Signed by the Governor. | Official legislative site

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SB 338 - Slamming the Door on Clean Energy Development

SB 338 (Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip)is disguised as a pro-worker bill and pro-Colstrip community bill, but it is anything but those things. SB 338 creates a false choice: workers versus the environment. Montana can and should protect the environment and help workers, but that won’t happen if SB 338 is passed. No efforts have been […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Blast motion failed, 40-59, on House floor on April 18th. (Tabled in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on April 10th. Passed Senate, 43-6.) | Official legislative site

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SB 235 - Arbitrarily Extending State Land Coal Leases

SB 235 would allow the Montana Land Board to extend the date for coal leases beyond their traditional 10-year term if the Board finds that it would be in the “best interest of the state.” The bill could result in a lease renewal for the Otter Creek coal tracts if Arch Coal fails to develop […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Vetoed by the Governor. | Official legislative site

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SJ 005 - A Study on the Phase Out of Coal

This resolution would request an interim study to investigate the mining and burning of coal in Montana and any consequences of significant reductions in coal mining and usage. Burning of coal is a significant source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. Clean energy is becoming more affordable across the world, and in many cases has become cheaper […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Passed House and Senate. Does not require Governor's action. | Official legislative site

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SJ 010 - Resolution Supporting the Keystone Pipeline

This resolution will support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a tar sands pipeline owned by a Canadian company that will allow it to ship oil to Asia. Tar sands is an incredibly destructive way to produce energy and is carbon intensive. Want more updates like this? Join MEIC’s Action Alert Network. 

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Filed with Secretary of State on March 31st. (Passed Senate, 39-11. Passed House, 67-33.) | Official legislative site

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HB 585 - Loans for Financially Shaky Coal

This bill would loan Talen Montana $10 million from the coal tax trust permanent fund, annually. Until 2022, the trust coal tax trust fund would help operate the Colstrip plant. Talen Montana has repeatedly said it is losing millions of dollars each year operating Colstrip and cannot, and will not, continue to operate. This bill would give Talen the money […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed Senate and House. Headed to the Governor. | Official legislative site

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