voter services

Voter services factor in Native American turnout

Reduced voter services, timing, lack of knowledge about the Congressional special election, and other factors contributed to low voter turnout in Montana’s Native American communities for the May election, according to Western Native Voice. Turnout in reservation precincts targeted by … Continued

residential drilling, methane waste rule

Methane waste rule backed by strong organizing

by Emily Hornback, WCC Organizer People living with the impacts of oil and gas development around the country had reason to cheer on May 10. In a nail-biter decision, the U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to uphold a key rule that … Continued


Mega-dairy, big ag risk groundwater in eastern Oregon

By Mitch Wolgamott The permit for the Lost Valley Ranch mega-dairy, issued by the Oregon Department of Environment Quality, my former employer, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture will make a 30-year-old pollution problem even worse. The dairy would be … Continued

Ramaco's Brook Mine site

We don’t owe Ramaco a permit

by Gillian Malone A mining proposal that, if approved, could affect farming, ranching and recreation around the Tongue River for the foreseeable future, is under consideration by Wyoming’s Environmental Quality Council. The EQC’s decision on Ramaco Carbon, LLC’s permit application … Continued

RECLAIM Act, coal mine reclamation

House Committee Advances RECLAIM Act

Washington isn’t all healthcare debates and Russia investigations. On Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee advanced the bipartisan RECLAIM Act to provide an economic boost to struggling coalfield communities by putting people to work cleaning up legacy coal mine pollution. … Continued

carbon capture

Carbon Capture & Sequestration: Too Good to Be True

A new WORC report exposes the pitfalls of carbon capture and sequestration Politicians from both parties have been wasting taxpayer dollars on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. That’s the finding of WORC’s new report, titled Too Good to be … Continued

oil radioactive waste

Still waiting for DEQ rules at Montana’s radioactive dump

By Seth Newton I’m a rancher near Glendive, and I live just downstream from Montana’s first radioactive oil waste facility. What’s radioactive oil waste? During the drilling process, radioactive material buried within the earth is brought to the surface. Oil … Continued