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Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals

Nov. 14, 2019 7:20 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of some of the most dangerous materials in public use from a safety review, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Environmental Protection...

US State Department oil pipeline review doesn't ease worries

Oct. 29, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada said the Trump administration is understating the potential for the line to break and spill into water bodies such as Montana's Missouri River, as the U.S. State Department held the sole public meeting Tuesday on a new...

Deal reached in dispute that shuttered large US coal mine

Oct. 25, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials reached a temporary deal on Friday that will allow one of the largest coal mines in the U.S. to reopen amid a legal dispute with its new owners from the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company shut down the mine Thursday after Montana regulators...

Navajo company shuts coal mine in dispute over sovereignty

Oct. 24, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of the largest coal mines in the U.S. was indefinitely shuttered Thursday in a dispute over whether its new owner should be immune as a tribal entity from future lawsuits for environmental violations or reclamation costs. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company blamed the state of...

Study finds US public land workers facing assaults, threats

Oct. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period marked by heightened tensions with anti-government groups and dwindling ranks of law enforcement officers, a congressional watchdog agency said Monday. The...

Judge blocks Trump from easing energy rules in US West

Oct. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from easing rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven Western states, saying such activities left unchecked were likely to harm a struggling bird species.   The ground-dwelling greater...

APNewsBreak: Records show Montana official's vehicle misuse

Oct. 12, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton put tens of thousands of miles on a state-owned pickup truck and used it extensively during weekends and holidays in addition to other travel that legislative auditors said violated state policy, an Associated Press review has found. A state...

Pipeline rules adopted years after deadly explosion, spills

Oct. 1, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials on Tuesday adopted long-delayed measures that are meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions but don't address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur. The new rules from the Department of Transportation apply to more than...

Trump's land boss to stay after Democrats sought his ouster

Sep. 30, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Secretary of Interior has extended the tenure of the Trump administration's top steward of public lands, rebuffing Democrats' calls for his termination. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on Monday extended William Perry Pendley's role as Bureau of Land Management Acting...

Man falls into Yellowstone hot spring, severely burned

Sep. 30, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Yellowstone National Park visitor has been hospitalized with severe burns and could face charges after falling into a thermal pool at Old Faithful Geyser, park officials said Monday. Cade Edmond Siemers, 48, told rangers he was walking near the famous geyser late Sunday night...