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The Powder River Valley

The Powder River Basin, you know, it is 14 million acres in one of those drive-through areas in those square states out west. Nobody really cares what happens in that desolate wasteland. The basin produces 40% of the nations coal and is a hotbed of Coal Bed Methane and oil activity.The push to develop resources of the Powder is having a devastating effect on one of the most environmentally and culturally diverse and sensitive areas of the West. Plans are underway (and have already progressed too far) to sacrifice this, and other areas, of the West on the alter of energy production. On June 16th, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer 74 oil and gas leases for sale covering nearly 33,000 acres in Montana. BLM is required to offer leases four times per year.

On June 18, at the Depot in Billings, there will be a Summit on the Future of the Powder River Basin. A diverse group of people and groups will get together to discuss the historic, cultural and environmental worth, as well as the future, of the Powder River country. The summit will discuss air, water, wildlife, climate and cultures of the area.

Black Thunder Coal Mine - Gillette, WY

Black Thunder Coal Mine - Gillette, WY

There will be discussions of new proposals for coal leasing, coal-fired power plants, coal-to-liquid plants and CBM development. The keynote speaker will be Winona Laduke, prominent Native American activist. If you can, plan to attend this event. You can purchase tickets online or by mail. If you have time and you have never been there, plan a side trip out to the Tongue River between Miles City and Wyoming and take a look at one of the most beautiful and unique areas in Montana that we plan to offer up as a victim to the energy gods.

Make no mistake about it, the resources of the Powder River Basin will be developed. There is just too much at stake to expect that we would leave that much money in the ground, especially when there are so few voters in the area to protect it. The challenge will be to see that the energy production is done in a responsible and safe way and we need to plan and to make more folks aware of what is at stake. Get the word out about this conference. Now is the time to create a very large, very squeaky wheel.

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  1. […] Tongue River, on the other hand, is being called The National Sacrifice Area by the Editor, and sadly they’re quite right. Coal bed methane activities are polluting the […]

  2. […] Tongue River, on the other hand, is being called The National Sacrifice Area by the Editor, and sadly they’re quite right. Coal bed methane activities are polluting the […]

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