NorthWestern Energy pulls preapproval application for natural gas plant

NorthWestern Energy, the South Dakota-based utility company that supplies power to approximately two-thirds of Montana’s residents, has decided to withdraw its application for PSC preapproval of a new natural gas plant in Laurel. The company will now build the plant on an accelerated timeline and seek to recoup its costs through the normal ratemaking process.

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Ratepayers will get day in court over utility pre-approval

A district court judge has ruled that three Missoula residents and climate advocacy group 350Montana can proceed with their challenge to a 2003 state law that guarantees NorthWestern Energy can recoup costs from planned power-producing assets.

A district court judge has ruled that three Missoula residents and climate advocacy group 350Montana can proceed with their challenge to a 2003 state law that guarantees NorthWestern Energy can recoup costs from planned power-producing assets.

Federal oil and gas leasing program back in play in Montana

After an eight-month pause on oil and gas leasing on federal lands, the Bureau of Land Management is accepting comment on 6,200 acres under consideration for new leases in Montana.

The federal government is moving forward with oil and gas leasing on 6,277 acres of Bureau of Land Management property in Montana following a judicial order directing the Department of the Interior to resume lease sales on federal lands.

Oil groups sue Biden over leasing pause

11 industry groups including the Montana Petroleum Association say the Biden administration broke the law by failing to hold sales for new oil and gas leases eight months after implementing an indefinite moratorium.

Eleven industry trade groups including the Montana Petroleum Association and the American Petroleum Institute filed a lawsuit this week challenging the Biden administration’s moratorium on oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands.


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