Tag Archives: Otter Creek

Citizens Hold Up Coal Trains, Reclaim Right-of-Way from Coal Industry

On Sunday, 14 people of assorted ages peacefully shut down the main rail line used to transport coal through Montana, by occupying the railroad right-of-way in an attempt to reclaim the space from the coal industry.  Employees of Montana Rail … Continue reading

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A Message from Rick Bass

Rick Bass, one of Montana’s best known environmental writers,  was arrested at last year’s sit-in at the State Capitol, the first large scale civil disobedience against coal exports in Montana.  Below, Rick explains why stopping the Otter Creek Mine is … Continue reading

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Deadline Approaching: Tell Montana’s DEQ to Stop Coal Exports!

Important Update: At the request of Montana environmental groups, the DEQ has extended the comment deadline to March 6th.  We’re moving our comment drop-off date to the 6th as well.  If you haven’t already done so, please submit a comment below! … Continue reading

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Nov. 14 Court Hearing Coverage

From “Coal protesters seek jury trial” by Sanjay Talwani at the Helena Independent Record:  A group of people charged with trespassing in August during protests related to coal development filled a Helena courtroom Wednesday afternoon, asking a judge for jury trials … Continue reading

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Rick Bass on the Coal Export Action

Montana author and activist Rick Bass participated in the first day of civil disobedience at the Coal Export Action, and was arrested that evening with six other people.  We’re honored to be able to publish the below post, written by … Continue reading

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Breaking: Land Board Flees from Public Scrutiny, Coal Export Action More Important than Ever

When making decisions that affect thousands of constituents, public officials have a responsibility not only to be transparent, but to listen to and actively encourage public input.  This week the Montana Land Board failed in this responsibility, casting doubt on … Continue reading

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ClimateSOS: It’s Our Time To Act!

(photo credit: RAMPS on Twitter) Our Climate Summer of Solidarity (ClimateSOS) is off to a great start! Yesterday the CEA team watched as our friends from Frack Action, Stop the Frack Attack and RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival) … Continue reading

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Why Montana Needs the Coal Export Action

When politicians refuse to lead, the people must do it themselves.  And when ordinary people are ready to lead – even if it means breaking the rules of traditional political advocacy – extraordinary things happen. Last summer over a thousand … Continue reading

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Flawed Report Ignores Economic Costs of Coal Mining, Contains Blatant Self-Contradictions

What do you get when the construction industry finances an “unbiased” report on the economic impacts of coal mining, and the report author goes on to completely ignore how land degradation, aquifer depletion, and climate change might negatively impact the … Continue reading

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