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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

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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

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BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule Reinstated

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled October 5 that the Trump administration illegally suspended the Methane Waste Prevention Rule. The decision is a big win for the plaintiffs, including the WORC network and Dakota Resource … Continued

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Methane Waste Prevention rule targeted

The Methane Waste Prevention rule is under attack. And WORC and the member groups are ready for a fight. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it will file a proposal tomorrow to stall its standard until January … Continued

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You Are Here: Include whole community in your activism

“Keep asking yourselves these questions: How am I building bridges? How am I diversifying my network? How can I be more inclusive? How am I organizing myself out of my job?” With these words, keynote speaker Shasti Conrad challenged attendees … Continued

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Coal export terminals denied

Proposed coal export terminals received more bad news today. The Washington Department of Ecology denied a crucial water quality permit sought by Millennium Bulk Terminals to build and operate a 48.5 million tons per year coal export facility in Longview, … Continued

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Federal coal leasing program looks at another sale

The federal coal leasing program has been broken for years. But that isn’t stopping Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department from considering selling a tract of hundreds of millions of tons of publicly-owned coal. Cloud Peak Energy is proposing to expand … Continued

A win for landowners on Ramaco Brook Coal Mine permit

On August 1, the Wyoming Environmental Quality 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