Oil

Keystone XL Pipeline
5:07 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Tester, Daines Join Senate In Passing Keystone Pipeline Bill

Pipes for the Keystone Pipeline, waiting to be laid in Nebraska in 2009.
Credit shannonpatrick17 (CC-BY-2.0)

Both of Montana’s Senators voted today for the bill to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Democrat Jon Tester says he looks forward to the day when clean, renewable resources provide most of America's energy needs:

"But until we get to a point when that's affordable and available, it appears to me that I'd rather do business with Canada than I would the Middle East."

Tester says the recent Bridger Pipeline oil spill on the Yellowstone River was not only a catastrophe, but entirely preventable.

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Montana News
3:37 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Has The Bakken Boom In Montana Busted?

Credit Amy R. Sisk

The Bakken oil boom in Montana has already busted. That’s according to Terry Johnson, director of energy research at the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic research.

"I would argue that the Bakken boom in Montana actually occurred back in 2005 and 2006. That the boom is really no longer that present in Montana at this point in time."

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2015 Legislature
6:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Bill Would Speed Up Spending For Oil & Gas Impacted Counties

Bradley Hamlett (D) - SD15
Credit Montana Legislature

A legislator wants to get money to oil boom impacted counties faster. The money could be used to for infrastructure projects, schools, or public safety.

If enacted, the bill directs the department of commerce to compare the current amount of oil and natural gas production taxes collected against the average of those taxes collected over the past four years.

If the current amount exceeds that four year average, then 70% of the excess would be used for oil impacted projects.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
4:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Senate Energy Committee Passes Keystone Pipeline Bill

Montana Senator Steve Daines testifying in favor of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Montana Senator Steve Daines sits on the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee, which today passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He told the committee it’s important for Montana’s economy.

"Not everybody has a fly rod in their hand and is on the ski hill," said Daines.

Daines said the pipeline will move 100,000 barrels a day of oil produced in Montana and North Dakota.

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State Budget
3:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Gov. Bullock: State Economy Can Weather Dropping Oil Prices

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
Credit Christopher B. Allen

As the price of oil continues to fall, Governor Steve Bullock says he’s not worried about the impact on Montana’s budget from declining oil tax revenue.
 
"I don’t go into the next legislative session saying revenues will live or die on what happens with oil prices."
 
Bullock says oil revenues only represent about $100 million worth of Montana’s $2.5 billion general fund budget.
 
"Now, that’s not to say that the oil and gas boom is not significant, because it’s also additional employment."
 

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Evening Primrose

4/19/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:"  There's an important acid in the seeds of evening primrose: gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, which is an essential fatty acid. From EFAs, our bodies manufacture chemicals responsible for many basic functions, and EFA deficiency may contribute to arthritic inflammation, menstrual problems, eczema, and more.

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Wednesday Special
1:39 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Living on Earth Extra

03/12/2014 - The Crimean Conflict and Energy, Reducing Sulfur, Saving Lives, and Ice Climbing

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