Environment

Part of Stillwater River closed to watercraft because of exposed pipeline

BY: - August 8, 2022

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks has closed the Stillwater River to all watercraft between Absaroka Fishing Access Site and the confluence of the Rosebud River, which is just upstream of Jeffreys Landing Fishing Access Site. Working closely with Stillwater County Commissioners, FWP is providing an emergency closure of the area until further […]

Citizens blast DEQ, Legislature, Gianforte administration for new mining rules, warn of lawsuits

BY: - August 8, 2022

On three separate occasions during a public hearing on Monday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality reminded nearly three dozen residents that it didn’t pass House Bill 599, which changed open-cut mining rules, it was just trying to follow the law passed by the 2020 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte. Every […]

Groups sue Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife for abandoning many animal protection in Helena forest

BY: - August 6, 2022

Four Montana groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for a decision that they say abandons 10 wildlife standards those agencies have used for the past 30 years to protect grizzly bear, lynx, elk, moose and more animals in the region. In a lawsuit filed in federal court […]

Zortman-Landusky mine owner fined more than $500K for alleged mining violations

BY: - August 5, 2022

Using satellite imagery, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has cited a mine owner and operator more than a half-million dollars in fines for illegally exploring mining without proper permits and warned that years of clean-up and remediation done to alleviate toxic acid mine drainage may be have been undone. The DEQ cited Luke Ployhar, […]

Judge rejects massive BLM coal mining proposal in Montana, Wyoming

BY: - August 4, 2022

A federal judge in Montana has halted two large coal mining projects in Wyoming and Montana for the second time after he ruled the Bureau of Land Management has continued to disregard environmental impacts and ignored presenting Congressionally required alternatives. The ruling could affect access to as many as 6 billion tons of coal that […]

U.S. Interior Department calls for states to submit mine cleanup proposals

BY: - August 3, 2022

The Interior Department asked states Wednesday to apply for $725 million made available this year to clean up abandoned mine sites as part of the 2021 infrastructure bill. The department officially opened a notice of funding opportunity, which gives states the avenue to request federal grants to close mine shafts, prevent the release of methane […]

Montana adds more ‘hoot owl’ fishing restrictions

BY: - August 2, 2022

Daily hoot owl fishing restrictions are being implemented for sections of the Shields, Madison, Ruby, East Gallatin, Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers and Silver Bow Creek to reduce fish stress and mortality during high water temperatures. Hoot owl restrictions prohibit fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight. These restrictions go into effect at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. […]

FWP: Wolf population remained stable in Montana during 2021

BY: - August 1, 2022

Montana’s wolf population decreased by 40 in 2021, according to a new Fish Wildlife and Parks report. The report showed the estimated wolf population in Montana at the end of 2021 was 1,141, down from 1,181 in 2020. However, in the last 10 years, wolf populations saw an estimated high of 1,256 in 2011, and […]

Climate spending in new reconciliation deal a ‘turning point’ for the U.S., supporters say

BY: - July 30, 2022

Environmental advocates largely praised the climate provisions in Senate Democrats’ massive taxes, health care and energy bill released Wednesday night, saying even with provisions to help the fossil fuel industry, the measure represents a historic step toward addressing the climate crisis. The 725-page bill — made public mere hours after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate […]

U.S. House passes major wildfire and drought package

BY: - July 29, 2022

The U.S. House approved, 218-199, on Friday a massive package of bills to address the growing threat of wildfire and drought in the West. The measure includes 49 standalone bills from both Democrats and Republicans. It includes provisions to make permanent an increase in wildland firefighter pay, lift a cap on the federal cost share for post-fire […]

BLM gives green light to American Prairie grazing plan, while Gianforte blasts decision

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Bureau of Land Management has issued its final decision to allow American Prairie to graze bison on 63,500 acres of land in Phillips County. Some of the land within the acreage is state land which is managed by the federal government, and the BLM’s decision has drawn criticism from Gov. Greg Gianforte and Attorney […]

Manchin and U.S. Senate Democrats strike a deal on major health, climate, tax package

BY: and - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an agreement Wednesday for a Democrats-only reconciliation package that would allow negotiations on some Medicare prescription drugs, end corporate tax loopholes and address climate change as well as invest in energy projects. President Joe Biden in a statement on […]