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Settlement reached in damages from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill

Yellowstone River, oil spill, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment settles claims from the U.S. and state governments that the 2011 spill harmed natural ...

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Investment firm announces purchase of Colstrip operator

power plant, Talen Energy

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A partial owner of Talen Energy Corp., which is the operator and a co-owner of Montana’s Colstrip power plant, is seeking to buy the entire company for $1.8 billion. Talen spokesman Todd Martin said Friday the planned acquisition by the investment firm Riverstone Holdings LLC will mean no immediate changes for Colstrip, whose future was already ...

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States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first time Jason Ebert needed an air ambulance, it saved his life. The second time, it nearly broke the bank. Both times, Montana doctors ordered Ebert flown 150 miles from Bozeman to Billings for treatment. But while insurance covered the first flight, the hospital called a for-profit service the second time, and Ebert got stuck ...

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NorthWestern ordered to refund Montana customers $8.2M

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators on Tuesday ordered NorthWestern Energy to refund customers $8.24 million that the state’s largest power company charged when it had to buy electricity on the open market following a 2013 outage of the Colstrip coal plant. On a 3-2 vote, the Montana Public Service Commission said NorthWestern failed to take prudent actions to protect ...

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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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