Author Archives: Stevie Moe

About Stevie Moe

Program Assistant for Plains Justice

400 Technical Deficiencies Found in South Heart Coal Application

The Bismarck Tribune reported that South Heart Coal has a lot of work to do on their mine application. Upon review, the Public Service Commission found 400+ technical deficiencies that will have to be fixed before the permit process can continue. There … Continue reading

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Opinion Piece Illustrates Mining Concerns

The Dickinson Press ran an opinion piece by Wayne F. Fisher, stating concerns about the future of mining in North Dakota. Fisher points out the some key problems with the PSC and the current regulatory process in his state. Letter: … Continue reading

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Concerned Residents Gather Signatures to Oppose Coal Mine

Coal may play an important role in North Dakota, but many concerned residents have decided that they will not stand by and watch as it destroys the environment and economy in South Heart. On March 15, KFYR- News reported that a … Continue reading

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Request for Help from Environmental Integrity Project

Dear Friends, Next week we are very likely to face the amendment that was passed by the US House or Representatives to strip US EPA of its funding for the hazardous waste regulation of coal ash again — this time … Continue reading

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EPA and Politics Mixes Like Oil and Water

The US government has long turned to the EPA for environmental reporting on an array of issues.  How the government uses and interprets the EPA’s findings has come under question. The New York Times recently ran an article, Politics Seen to … Continue reading

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New Study Reveals the Hazards of Coal

Harvard recently released a new study on coal use, Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal.  It discusses extraction, transport, processing, and combustion of coal, coal’s impact on the world, and the steps that need to be taken to curb … Continue reading

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New Study Shows Possible 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

In a recent article in Energy Policy Journal, researchers from Stanford University and the University of California-Davis claim that in the next 40 years it is possible for the world to move from fossil fuels to renewable, green energy. “There are … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Support Mining Machinery Tax Exemption

One important Senate Bill Sen. George Nodland inadvertently failed to mention in his recent column is Bill 2336. Introduced by local Sen. Rich Wardner, and by Rep. Shirley Meyer, SB 2336 is intended to give new coal mines a sales … Continue reading

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Will New Regulations Really Take Jobs?

Ken Ward Jr.  posted an amazing article on February 2, about the early, leaked results from an EIS report by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Ward takes an interesting and pragmatic look at what these early results … Continue reading

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Is Fracking Causing Earthquakes in Arkansas?

Residents in Guy, Arkansas have become aware that the ground around them shake on a regular basis, but the explanation for why is still unknown. The New York Times reported that residents in Guy have started to question their relationship … Continue reading

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