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Tribes: Trump Illegally Approved Oil Pipeline From Canada

Sep 10, 2018
Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
shannonpatrick17 (CC-BY-2.0)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration on Monday, claiming it approved an oil pipeline from Canada without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

Power plant at Colstrip, MT.
Beth Saboe, MontanaPBS

The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced plans to scale back restrictions on coal-fired power plant emissions.

The Trump administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy” rule increases states’ authority to decide how – and how much – to regulate coal power plants.

The Trump administration has moved to formally replace the Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that former President Barack Obama once lauded as the single-most important step America has ever taken to fight climate change.

The long-anticipated proposal, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give individual states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

A Coal Mine in the Powder River basin.
U.S. Geological Survey

A Billings-based conservation group filed a lawsuit Tuesday over a Trump administration committee reviewing royalty payments on fossil fuels from public lands.

The Western Organization of Resource Councils claims the Royalty Policy Committee is stacked with industry supporters who conduct some meetings in secret. It’s asking a federal judge to disband the committee and throw out its recommendations.

Montana could play a significant role in meeting the demand for renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest, according to a new study from the Bonneville Power Administration and the state of Montana.

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