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The golden eagle is one of the species threatened by coal mining in the west. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Doug Pfeil.

The Carbon Impact of Coal Exports

4/9/2014 // By Mollie Simon

This week, NWF released an issue brief entitled “Accounting for Carbon Pollution from Coal Mining on Federal Lands” which looks at the overall carbon impact of the coal being leased and exported from public lands. In primarily western states like […] Read more >

via NWF

Coal Train from the Powder River Basin Derails

1/24/2014 // By Mollie Simon

This past weekend, 19 coal cars derailed in Caledonia, Wisconsin.  The 135-car train was carrying coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to a power plant facility in Sheboygan, Wisconsin when it crashed, most likely due to cold temperatures. Fortunately […] Read more >

A mule deer in the Powder River Basin.  Flickr photo by Kimon Berlin

Powder River Basin Coal Mines Could Drastically Increase Carbon Emissions

1/22/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Wildlife in the Powder River Basin (PRB) of southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming are being mined out of their habitat. Coal companies are strip mining the public’s coal in the PRB and transporting it to the west coast ports to […] Read more >

Coal train derailed in Burnaby, BC. Image via Flickr user Brent Granby

Coal Train Derails and Spills Into Stream in British Columbia

1/16/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Well, there has been another coal accident. On Saturday, a train traveling through Burnaby, British Columbia derailed, likely due to rain. Nine cars caring coal came off the tracks and three coal cars were overturned completely, spilling coal into nearby Silver […] Read more >

via Flickr user Steve Tatum

Coal Exports Travel Too Close to Our Wildlife and Iconic Places

11/8/2013 // By Mollie Simon

Coal, once a keystone to the American identity, is having trouble staying competitive. With natural gas prices low and the demand for responsible energy options high, coal no longer has a solid place in the American market. So now coal […] Read more >

Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana

Why the Flathead River Gets Protected and the Tongue River Gets the Pollution

6/24/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Don’t get me wrong. I’m 100 percent in favor of protecting the North Fork of the Flathead River in northwestern Montana. It’s a no brainer. The watershed is important for wildlife, recreation, tourism and agriculture, and it is under threat […] Read more >

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 >