VICTORY! Bull Mountain Mine Expansion

VICTORY! Bull Mountain Mine Expansion In the foothills of central Montana near Roundup, we kept 170 million tons of coal, underlying 7,000 acres, in the ground. We challenged the Bull Mountains/Signal Peak Mine expansion, arguing that the agency’s analysis of impacts...

VICTORY! Montana Exempt Well Loophole

VICTORY! Montana Exempt Well Loophole Rural homeowners, ranchers, and farmers in Montana and other western states have long relied on a provision of the law that affords them the opportunity to drill a small well without first obtaining a permit. It’s an approach that...

VICTORY! Rosebud Coal Mine Clean Water Act Challenge

VICTORY! Rosebud Coal Mine Clean Water Act Challenge When the Montana Department of Environmental Quality issued a Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) permit – a permit to discharge pollution- to the Rosebud coal mine that does not protect...

VICTORY! Preserving Elk Habitat in Helena National Forest

VICTORY! Preserving Elk Habitat in Helena National Forest In the 1980s, Helena National Forest in western Montana developed and adopted management standards for maintaining a healthy elk population. These standards have resulted in robust elk herds in the forest. But...

VICTORY! Lynx Trapping Challenge

VICTORY! Montana Lynx Trapping Challenge Lynx trapping in Montana has been shut down since March 2000, when the species was designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Lynx, however, are susceptible to traps and snares and often caught and killed in...

Oil & Gas Drilling Lease Climate Challenge

Montana Oil & Gas Drilling Lease Climate Challenge In Montana, leaky oil & gas drilling operations on public lands emit 1.8 billion cubic feet of methane (and perhaps far more) to the atmosphere each year. Over a 20-year lifetime of development, keeping this...