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Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears

May. 15, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American leaders pressed lawmakers in Congress Wednesday to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. Proposed legislation would block grizzly hunting in the Lower 48 states,...

The Latest: Lawmaker pans tribes' push to protect bears

May. 15, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a proposal to give grizzly bears permanent protections regardless of their population size (all times local): 2:00 p.m. A Republican lawmaker says a push to permanently protect U.S. grizzly bears because they are considered sacred among Native Americans would elevate...

Noisy Yellowstone geyser roars back to life after 3 years

May. 13, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet. Ledge Geyser is one of the biggest in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin. The Billings Gazette reports the geyser shoots hot water at an angle up to 125 feet (38 meters)...

Officials: Coal to keep sliding as renewables, gas fill gap

May. 9, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding in coming months, federal officials said Thursday, despite efforts by the Trump administration to shore up the struggling industry. Renewable energy sources including wind, solar and hydropower are expected to fill much...

United flight from Montana to Denver returns with bad sensor

May. 8, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A United Airlines flight from Billings to Denver safely returned to Billings less than an hour after takeoff because of a sensor malfunction. The Billings Gazette reports the flight took off from Billings Logan International Airport at 11:13 a.m. Wednesday and turned around seven...

US says it will complete Keystone environmental review

May. 7, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys say the Trump administration plans to finish a new environmental review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada even if a federal appeals court throws out a lawsuit that blocked the project. President Donald Trump issued a new permit for the $8 billion...

Court delays block Keystone XL pipeline construction in 2019

May. 3, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An executive for the company proposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada's oil sands into the U.S. says it has missed the 2019 construction season due to court delays. TransCanada executive vice president Paul Miller made the statement during a Friday earnings call with...

Charter for Trump energy panel expires, meetings cancelled

Apr. 30, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials cancelled without explanation all upcoming meetings of an advisory panel that had been created by the Trump administration to make it easier to extract fossil fuels from publicly leased land and offshore sites. The Royalty Policy Committee was established two years...

Exxon agrees to $1 million penalty for Montana oil spill

Apr. 26, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed to pay a $1.05 million penalty to settle alleged federal water pollution violations from an oil pipeline break into Montana's Yellowstone River, according to court documents filed Friday. Approval of the agreement by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters would...

Correction: Zinke-Gold Mining Job story

Apr. 24, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In an April 16 article on former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke taking a job with U.S. Gold Corp., The Associated Press erroneously reported that Zinke would receive up to $120,000 a year in expenses related to his consulting contract, citing a company filing with the U.S. Securities...