RECLAIM Act Cleans Up Coal Mines and Creates Jobs

I’m a coal miner from Nucla, Colorado, where I work for Elk Ridge Mining and Reclamation. We are currently reclaiming New Horizon North Mine. In August of 2016, my coworkers and I were informed by Tri-State Generation and Transmission that … Continued

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Keystone 1 Pipeline spills 210,000 Gallons In S.D.

On November 16, the Keystone 1 pipeline leaked tar sands oil for the second time in South Dakota. The spill in Marshall County, which totaled 210,000 gallons, ironically occurred just days before Nebraska regulators will decide on permitting the Keystone … Continued

RECLAIM Act advocates

RECLAIM Act advocates meet with Congressional offices

Last month, WORC members from three states joined advocates from across the country in Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress in support of the RECLAIM Act, HR 1731. Gene Wirtz from Underwood, N.D., Kate French from Bozeman, Mont., and Roger and … Continued

Montana Native Vote

Montana Native Vote Brings Native Leaders Together

On November 13 & 14, 2017, Montana Native Vote hosted Native leaders at a two-day event, “Indigenous Movements Interchange,” at Fairmont Hot Spring Resort, along with partner organizations Western Native Voice and Indigenous Environmental Network. Discussions centered on the exploration, … Continued

water contamination

Water Contamination Concerns Raised In Pavillion

Pavillion-area residents who are facing long term impacts to their property and water wells from nearby oil and gas development recently raised ongoing questions and concerns with state and federal agencies. In letters sent to the Wyoming Oil and Gas … Continued

clean power plan repeal

Groups react to repeal of Clean Power Plan

In the midst of one of the worst wildfire seasons the West has ever seen, and as Houston, the Florida Keys, Puerto Rico, and the Gulf Coast begin to rebuild after an unprecedented four consecutive devastating hurricanes, the U.S. Environmental … Continued

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Will Strip Mine Act Live Up to its Promise?

As we mark 40 years with the federal coal strip mine act, there has never been a more crucial moment for its promise—that every acre of land mined for coal will be reclaimed—to be fulfilled. On August 3, 1977, the … Continued

Property assessed clean energy

WORC groups move on Property Assessed Clean Energy

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing tool used to provide property owners affordable, long‐term capital to implement clean energy improvements—from energy efficiency upgrades to rooftop solar power systems. Financing is repaid as an assessment on the property tax … Continued