Montana’s Tester Calls for Better Oil & Gas Lease Process at Hunter & Angler Fundraiser

In the evening’s featured address, Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., said that a number of “big issues,” including rampant oil and gas development, global climate change, and restricted public hunting and fishing access to private land all threaten Montana’s hunting and fishing heritage. He criticized the Bureau of Land Management for a lack of safeguards to protect wildlife species and their habitat in their procedures for leasing oil and gas development across the West.

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Group: Planning Board should dismiss Highwood rezoning vote because of conflict of interest, absent member

Two alleged voting “irregularities” — including a conflict of interest — should disqualify an advisory vote recommending a heavy industrial zoning for the proposed site of a coal-fired power plant, a group opposed to the project said this week.

A protest period on the rezoning decision concludes Monday and Citizens for Clean Energy, a group opposing the plant, requested this week that commissioners hold off on taking final action.

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Highwood coal plant air permit invalid, groups say

HELENA — Two environmental groups said Thursday that the state air-quality permit for the proposed coal-fired Highwood Generating Station is invalid in light of a recent federal court ruling and must be redone.

In a letter to Montana Department of Environmental Quality Director Richard Opper, the groups said that because the Highwood plant’s permit does not comply with the federal Clean Air Act’s mercury emission requirements, construction of the plant cannot lawfully begin.

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