By Tom Lutey, Billings Gazette
Construction of NorthWestern Energy’s gas fired Laurel Generating Station is on hold pending court action (LARRY MAYER, BILLINGS GAZETTE)
Several people cited climate change concerns and a high-profile Monday court ruling that threw out a new Montana law shielding industrial polluters from carbon dioxide regulation. The law had been passed in April by Republican legislators who said they were saving NorthWestern’s gas-fired power plant in Laurel from a court-ordered review of carbon emissions.
NorthWestern’s plan to double its ownership in Colstrip Power Plant drew the most attention.