Monthly Archives: November 2010

If you can’t complete a mining permit application correctly…

should you be allowed to operate a 7000 acre strip mine less than 20 miles from a national park? Last week the North Dakota Public Service Commission issued a three page deficiency letter to South Heart Coal, rejecting the company’s … Continue reading

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Plains Justice Attorney Briefs Nebraska Farmers on Oil Spill Response

Later this week in Grand Island, Nebraska, Plains Justice Staff Attorney Paul Blackburn will present our new report on emergency response planning on the Keystone tar sands pipeline system at the annual meeting of Nebraska Farmers Union. Nebraska farmers are … Continue reading

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Speechless Sunday

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Plains Justice Report: Pipeline Emergency Response Plans Dangerously Inadequate

Today Plains Justice released a first-of-its-kind report showing that TransCanada’s emergency response plan and on-the-ground spill defense preparations for the Keystone pipeline system are inadequate to respond to a serious spill along the thousands of miles of buried pipeline already … Continue reading

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State Regulators Get a D+, on Average, Says New Report

Released today by the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University, this new report says that not only aren’t we getting what we want from state level regulation, we don’t really know what we’re getting. The result is very … Continue reading

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Speechless Sunday

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Billings Channel 2 Infomercial for Decker Mine

Last night’s local newscast included a story about a visit to the Cloud Peak Energy strip mine at Decker, MT, southeast of Billings, by Big Sky Economic Development Corporation representatives. The video features local elected officials heartily endorsing the mining … Continue reading

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