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Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana

Two Ways You Can Help Stop the Otter Creek Coal Mine Today

6/13/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

  A friend and mentor told me once, “the energy companies are coming, and they are coming fast, so pick your place and protect it with everything you have.” Well, it will not be a surprise to any of you […] Read more >

Mike Rowland, Arch Coal's Montana Director talks to Northern Cheyenne tribal members gathered for the Otter Creek Scoping hearing. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky.

Arch Coal: Incompetent or Arrogant?

5/8/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

That is the question that some of us are asking after Arch Coal submitted an obviously incomplete permit application for the proposed Otter Creek coal mine to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at the end of last year. Following Montana’s […] Read more >

The Tongue River Railroad’s Failed Public Process

4/22/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

* To my readers. Don’t worry about the pessimistic nature of this post. We will still beat the Tongue River Railroad and the Otter Creek coal mine, with or without a fair public process.  Last week, during a three-day meeting […] Read more >

Otter Creek Rally

Northern Cheyenne Tribal Members Demand Comprehensive Study of the Otter Creek Coal Mine

3/7/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Yesterday more than 170 Northern Cheyenne tribal members submitted detailed and substantive comments to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) asking for a thorough, transparent and comprehensive study of the proposed Otter Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana. Tribal […] Read more >

Otter Creek

Montana’s Otter Creek Valley and Its Wildlife Need Your Help

2/15/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting comments from the public on the proposed Otter Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana. Arch Coal, the second largest coal company in the nation, wants to strip mine the valley for […] Read more >

Tongue River Railroad Alternatives Map

Building a coal train, Tongue River Railroad style

12/21/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

This week, in a calculated move, backers of the Tongue River Railroad Company submitted a new route to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). This route change comes almost a month after the STB held scoping hearings in southeastern Montana. This new […] Read more >

Spokane Coal Port Rally group from Northern Cheyenne

Northern Cheyenne Travel 1,200 Miles to Testify Against Coal Port

12/11/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On Monday, December 3, eight Northern Cheyenne tribal members and one Crow tribal member drove over 1200 miles round trip, in the middle of winter, from their homes on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana to Spokane, WA where […] Read more >

Protest of the Otter Creek coal lease

Leave the Tongue River valley alone: The Northern Cheyenne have the last word about the Tongue River Railroad

11/21/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

We don’t want a coal train to destroy the Tongue River valley and we don’t want a coal mine to destroy the Otter Creek valley.That is the message that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) staff heard all week in eastern […] Read more >

Golder Ranch

What Voice Do We Have?: Environmental justice and the Tongue River Railroad

11/15/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On Wednesday evening, the auditorium of the St. Labre School in Ashland, Montana was packed.  Northern Cheyenne tribal members, land owners, ranchers and hunters came to the third public scoping hearing on the Tongue River Railroad (TRR) and told the […] Read more >

Clint and Wally McRae - Ranchers whose land would be crossed by the Tongue River Railroad

Cows and trains don’t mix: Ranchers stand up against the Tongue River Railroad in second public hearing

11/14/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Yesterday, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) staff members moved down the valley to hold public scoping hearings in Forsyth, MT after meeting with the Northern Cheyenne in Lame Deer on Monday. They met a similar level of opposition to the railroad as […] Read more >