A win for landowners on Ramaco Brook Coal Mine permit

On August 1, the Wyoming Environmental Qu-ality Council (EQC) ruled 4-to-1 in favor of Powder River Basin Resource Council and Tongue River landowners when they rejected the approval of the proposed Ramaco Brook Coal mine permit. The hearing before the … Continued

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Flaring and Venting: Waste of a Nonrenewable Resource

WORC’s new fact sheet, Flaring and Venting: Waste of a Nonrenewable Resource, provides an overview of flaring and venting in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Flaring and venting refer to the process of intentionally burning (flaring) or releasing (venting) … Continued

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Issues to stress during Congressional recess

Congress is on recess this month, which means that many of your legislators are home – attending fairs, festivals and rodeos, and, in some cases, holding town hall meetings. These events are great opportunities for members of Congress to hear … Continued

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Report Details Impacts of Methane Pollution

A new report by the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) outlines how oil and gas development in North Dakota has exacerbated methane and other toxic air pollution and public health issues. Oil & Gas Pollution’s Impacts on North Dakota Families tells … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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