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Mont. Republican tests waters on conservation

April 5, 2013

Montana's lone congressman, Republican Steve Daines, is showing early signs that he may break from his predecessor, Republican Denny Rehberg, on key conservation bills in the Treasure State.

While Daines, a Bozeman businessman, is yet to take positions on bills to designate new wilderness...

Pipeline spills stir new criticism of Keystone XL plan

April 5, 2013

Two recent oil pipeline spills have prompted new criticism from opponents of the proposed Keystone XL project, while raising more questions about whether the federal government is adequately monitoring the nation’s vast labyrinth of pipelines.

In recent years, critics have said that the...

N.M. announces program to put veterans to work as wildland firefighters

April 5, 2013

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) today announced a new state program that will train military veterans as wildland firefighters.

The pilot program will recruit 40 veterans, who will be placed on four fire crews available to fight wildfires across the state. The new program is a...

Montana gold mine seeks permit

April 3, 2013

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing an application for an operating permit for a gold mine at a historic mining site 15 miles south of Butte. If approved, the mine could begin operating by the end of this year.

The proposed mine is a joint venture between...

Promise of manufacturing job boost remains far off

April 3, 2013

Oil industry groups have claimed that more natural gas drilling will help manufacturing jobs rebound in the United States, but it may take years for that to happen.

If more land were opened to oil and gas exploration -- especially for hydraulic fracturing -- oil production would increase...

Copper exploration upstream unnerves Montanans

April 3, 2013

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — In the past three years, Canadian-based Tintina has spent $18 million in exploration costs here, and now boasts that the Black Butte Copper mine is the third highest grade copper deposit in development in North America. To support that claim, the company says it has...

Mont. bill would allow water leasing to O&G development

April 3, 2013

Water rights could be temporarily leased to oil developers or other users under a bill meant to help meet soaring demand for water resulting from the oil development in northeastern Montana. The bill also is aimed at preventing illegal use of water and protecting other water users as water...

Wyo. coal plant construction stalls for 17 years

April 3, 2013

An $800 million project that was slated to provide 100,000 homes with coal-fired power and supply dozens of people with full-time jobs has been stalled for 17 years.

The Two Elk Energy Park in northeast Wyoming has run into a variety of barriers, including the global financial crisis and...

Rio Grande NM touted as economic boost for northern N.M.

April 3, 2013

Drivers crossing into town on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge can't miss the Taos Mesa Brewing Co. a few miles east of the river.

The Quonset hut-style aluminum building is fitted with solar water heaters that shimmer in the bright desert sunlight, catching the eyes of mountain bikers,...

Mont. rep. to introduce legislation protecting North Fork Flathead

April 3, 2013

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Friday announced plans to “rise above the partisan politics” and introduce legislation that would block industrial development in the North Fork Flathead River drainage on the western boundary of Glacier National Park.

The legislation will serve as a...

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