Environment

Giffords announces launch of new Montana Coalition of Gun Owners for Safety

BY: - January 25, 2023

A gun safety advocacy non-profit founded by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced the launch of a new chapter in Montana on Wednesday. According to a press release, Gun Owners for Safety is a coalition of hunters, sport shooters and collectors, have come together to advocate for common sense gun violence prevention laws and promote […]

Federal lawsuit claims insurance company deliberately stalling in Libby asbestos cases

BY: - January 22, 2023

Just weeks after a Cascade County judge agreed with a jury that the insurance company that represented a Libby asbestos mine should pay a former miner there $36.5 million, attorneys for that miner filed a complaint in federal court, claiming that Zurich American Insurance Company systematically stalled and dragged out court proceedings in an attempt […]

More federal dollars coming from climate law for Western wildfire management

BY: - January 19, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend nearly $500 million on projects to reduce wildfire risk in 11 areas in Western states, the department said Thursday. The new funding, $490 million, comes from Democrats’ budget, climate and taxes law that passed last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on a call with reporters. The funding […]

Save Holland Lake: ‘We are requesting transparency’ from Flathead National Forest

BY: - January 17, 2023

A group that formed to fight a proposed expansion at Holland Lake Lodge is requesting the U.S. Forest Service make public the revised development proposal as soon as the agency receives the application. In a Jan. 13 letter, Save Holland Lake, the group that is contesting the expansion, said since the Flathead National Forest announced […]

First documented cases of highly contagious bird flu identified in 3 Montana grizzlies

BY: - January 17, 2023

Three juvenile grizzly bears in Montana were euthanized after they tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) last fall in what the state says were the first documented cases of the virus in grizzly bears, according to a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The bears were euthanized because they were in […]

Gianforte directs Montana FWP to develop new wolf management plan

BY: - January 13, 2023

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Thursday ordered Fish, Wildlife and Parks to develop a new state wolf management plan, which the department believes it can finish by the end of the year. “Given the public and legislature’s engagement in wolf management, it is an appropriate time to revisit the Wolf Plan,” Gianforte wrote to FWP […]

Grace & Co., Montana reach $18.5M settlement for some environmental clean-up costs

BY: - January 10, 2023

Though the story of W.R. Grace & Company’s toxic pollution of Libby has been known in Montana for decades, the long parade of lawsuits and death due to asbestos is still ongoing. But on Tuesday, the State of Montana announced a settlement with the bankrupt company and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for $18.5 […]

Groups sue Forest Service, saying Black Ram logging project will hurt grizzly bear population

BY: - January 10, 2023

A new lawsuit filed by two environmental groups challenges the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to begin the Black Ram logging project in the Kootenai National Forest, which the groups said will likely hasten the decline of the already imperiled grizzly bear population in the Cabinet and Yaak Mountain ranges. The groups, Native Ecosystems Council and […]

Hearing on Montana Water Court overhaul highlights divisions over water rights

BY: - January 10, 2023

A Senate committee hearing Monday on a bill that seeks to overhaul the Montana Water Court as the state tries to finish working through 50 years of water rights adjudication showed just how complicated water law is, and how many people it affects in the Treasure State. Senate Bill 72 had its first hearing Monday […]

Farmers endured a rough year, but fertilizer companies cashed in

BY: - January 10, 2023

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest. Lance Lillibridge, a farmer in east central Iowa, knows farming’s ups and downs. He has been in this business since he was “knee-high to a grasshopper” and is the first of a family of farmers to own his land. But he said the sharp increase in fertilizer […]

Cascade County judge upholds jury’s $36.5M decision in asbestos case

BY: - January 9, 2023

A Montana judge recently upheld a Cascade County’s jury verdict of more than $30 million in damages against an insurance company that conspired with a Libby-based asbestos mining company to conceal the extent of the dangers workers faced as they mined the material that would be used in many settings from garden fertilizer to housing […]

Tribal nations receive federal relocation grants to escape the effects of climate change

BY: - January 7, 2023

The Newtok Village and Native Village of Napakiak, both in Alaska, as well as the Quinault Indian Nation in Washington have each received $25 million in federal support to relocate due to climate change. “As part of the federal government’s treaty and trust responsibility to protect Tribal sovereignty and revitalize tribal communities, we must safeguard […]