Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Montana Environmental Information Center and the Madison River Foundation say NorthWestern Energy’s operation of Hebgen Dam needs closer scrutiny after November’s malfunction and dewatering of the upper Madison River. They’re asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require an independent investigation.
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Environmental groups and the Fort Belknap and CSKT tribes say Montana DEQ’s decision to drop a lawsuit against Hecla CEO Philip Baker Jr. is an ‘abrupt and unjustified agency reversal.’
This year has been the worst drought in Montana going back to at least 2000, the start of the U.S. Drought Monitor’s period of record. As of Oct. 28, 100% of the state is in severe drought and 70% of the state is in extreme drought.
The Biden administration announced Thursday that it is nominating former Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks director Martha Williams to become director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Williams will become the second major Montana appointee to work under U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
As a result of a 48-hour gap in protections on Oct. 5 and 6, 2020, 10 new mining claims were filed in an area still grappling with an acid mine drainage clean-up that has cost more than $77 million to date and is expected to continue for generations.
The Forest Service is arguing that prescriptive easement claims involving four historic trails in the Crazy Mountains are ‘likely non-viable’ after years of landowner obstruction. Plaintiffs in a lawsuit say the agency is abandoning claims it’s duty-bound to defend.
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