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Federal board dismisses Montana coal railroad application

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal transportation panel has dismissed a proposal for a $400 million railroad that would have hauled coal from a mine near the Montana-Wyoming border. Tuesday’s action by the Surface Transportation Board comes five months after the backers of the Tongue River Railroad suspended their application for the 42-mile line. The board also turned down a ...

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Lawsuit seeks to void Montana coal lease

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a conservation group’s attempt to void a 61-million-ton coal lease that was sold to a central Montana mine. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said Thursday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management adequately considered the environmental impacts of mining and decided they would be minor. The lease in Musselshell County was ...

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Inslee says he’ll sign Colstrip bill with partial veto

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says he’ll approve a bill allowing Washington state’s largest utility to set aside money for the eventual shutdown of two coal-fired electricity plants in Montana. Inslee also said Thursday that he’ll veto a section of the bill, though his office declined to specify which section. Senate Bill 6248 was originally scheduled for action Thursday. ...

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Montana Editorial Roundup

The Independent Record, March 27 On the closure of a state facility for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled: Whether you agree with it or not, the Legislature’s decision to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is now state law. And members of the committee enlisted to help ease the transition now have a responsibility to follow through with ...

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Arch Coal suspends plans for major new mine in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Arch Coal is suspending its plans to develop a major coal mine in southeastern Montana two months after the industry giant filed for bankruptcy protection. The St. Louis-based company on Thursday cited a weak coal market and an uncertain permitting outlook in announcing it was suspending its application for the proposed Otter Creek mine. Otter Creek ...

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Owner of Central Montana coal mine says it’s worth nothing

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A central Montana coal mine that’s seen layoffs, production cuts and permitting troubles faces more uncertainty after one of its co-owners reported taking a $362 million writedown on the 240-worker operation. Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy in 2015 reduced to zero the value of its stake in Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain Mine, according to a transcript of ...

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Montana Editorial Roundup

Native American health in Montana The Missoulian, Feb. 14 Montana is looking for a new Indian Health director whose job it will be to close the gap in life expectancy between Natives and whites in the state. A study showed that Native men live 19 years less than whites in the state, which is surpassed by a 20-year gap for ...

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Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in US

Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in US

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Vast coal seams dozens of feet thick that lie beneath the rolling hills of the Northern Plains once appeared almost limitless, fueling boasts that domestic reserves were sufficient to power the U.S. for centuries. But an exhaustive government analysis says that at current prices and mining rates the country’s largest coal reserves, located along the Montana-Wyoming ...

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