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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 >

Bob Rees, Northwest Guides & Anglers Association

The Survival of the Salmon is at Stake

5/8/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Michael O’Leary With coal pollution already contributing to ocean acidification, rising stream temperatures, and toxic pollution from mercury and chemicals that wreck havoc on the fragile food web, there’s no doubt that the plans of the coal […] 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 >

Kaden Walksnice getting signatures on the Save Otter Creek sign

Why the Otter Creek Coal Mine Will Never be Built

4/10/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Vanessa Braided Hair. Yesterday, a news station in Billings, Montana ran an interview with Arch Coal representative Mike Rowlands in which he stated that the Otter Creek coal mine, proposed for southeastern Montana, will be in operation by […] Read more >

Northwest Governors Call on White House to Get Tough on Coal Exports

3/26/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest blog post by Michael O’Leary. More coal burning means more mercury pollution, more acidification, more climate change, and more habitat loss. With plummeting domestic coal consumption leaving coal companies desperate to find new pathways to new markets, the last […] Read more >

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Keep Up the Fight to Stop Coal Exports in Oregon

3/21/2013 // By Robyn Carmichael

Good news came last week in the battle to protect Oregon’s fish and wildlife from toxic coal pollution. Thanks to support from wildlife advocates like you, multi-billion dollar coal giant Ambre Energy experienced a major setback in its plans to […] 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 >

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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 >

Public Opposition to Coal Exports, Seattle, WA - December, 2012

Coal Export Opposition Dominates Public Hearings

1/8/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest blog post by Michael O’Leary.  The news media is getting it right. The recent public hearings over coal export proposals are proving that there’s overwhelming opposition to the plans of big energy companies to sell subsidized American fossil fuels […] Read more >