northern-rockies-and-pacific-regional-center Subscribe to Feed

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 >

House Members Speak Up for Clean Water, Safe Communities

5/23/2013 // By Tony Turrini

Yesterday, Representatives Raul Grijalva (AZ), Rush Holt (NJ), Colleen Hanabusa (HI) and eleven other members of the House of Representatives wrote to the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers, and White House Council on Environmental […] Read more >

Photo: USFWS

Pebble Mine Even More Disastrous Than First Thought

5/20/2013 // By Robyn Carmichael

After months of cold and ice, Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska is beginning to spring to life. With summer will come millions of bright red sockeye salmon returning from the sea to spawn in the pristine rivers and streams from […] 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 >

Tribal Member

Honoring the River

4/25/2013 // By Tony Turrini

Everyone knows that mining can be a dirty business, but it turns out that mines are particularly bad news for tribal communities. For more than a century, American Indians and Alaska Natives have suffered the impacts of mining while enjoying […] 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 >

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 >