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  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday. During that time, a trickle of water started by excavation work at the site grew to a torrent and 3 million...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Internal investigation: EPA, Colorado underestimated blowout potential before toxic mine spill.

  • HELENA, Mont.— Montana reached a settlement with CenturyLink on Tuesday that requires the telecommunications company to improve maintenance response times and accept a federal grant to expand broadband in the state. The Public Service Commission voted 4-0 to approve the agreement, which demands that CenturyLink take the six-year, $90 million grant from the...

  • Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch for arraignment in Missoula. Federal prosecutors accuse Canadadrugs.com, its CEO Kristjan Thorkelson and its affiliated companies and associates of selling $78 million in prescription drugs, primarily cancer treatment drugs, to U.S. doctors. "Canada Drugs purchased its inventory from questionable sources and ultimately...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. and China officials took a major step Tuesday toward an agreement to advance "clean coal" technologies that purport to reduce the fuel's contribution to climate change— and could offer a potential lifeline for an industry that's seen its fortunes fade. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and China's National Energy...

  • Aug 24- Mac Sykes, an analyst at asset management firm Gabelli& Co, spent Sunday evening, the second night of his summer vacation in New England, watching stock prices tank. While his wife and three kids spent Monday at the beach, Sykes was busy on calls, doing research and watching markets from Shanghai to New York dive. "Everybody was in the game today no matter where...

  • EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | 12:42 AM ET

    The EPA released the documents late Friday following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. The plan was produced by Environmental Restoration LLC, a private contractor working for the EPA. EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said Saturday she could not immediately answer questions about the matter.

  • President Barack Obama signed a federal declaration of emergency for Washington state on Friday, authorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts in 11 counties and several Indian reservations hard hit by wildfires. The Okanogan Complex includes the so-called Twisp River fire,...

  • North Dakota is leading a lawsuit filed on June 29 challenging an Obama administration rule that gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. District Judge Ralph Erickson in North Dakota to suspend the new guidelines they claim are...

  • One report came from as far east as Floweree, Montana, about 100 miles northeast of Helena, George Edwards of the Montana Livestock Loss Board said Tuesday. This is only the third year Montana has offered financial relief to ranchers who lose livestock to grizzlies, but Edwards said the state has long been encouraging people to report bears' interactions with...

  • The problem was particularly acute in North Dakota in recent years because of the oil drilling activity in the western part of the state. "I have not heard of anything anybody is concerned about," said Watne, whose group has about 41,000 members in North Dakota. Dawna Leitzke, director of the South Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association, said an expected "...

  • Reflecting plans announced in May and June, when U.S. crude futures averaged $60 a barrel, drillers added two oil rigs in the week ended Aug. 14, bringing the total count up to 672, the highest since early May, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. Drillers added oil rigs in two of the four major U.S. shale oil basins, with five in the...

  • Aug 5- Barrick Gold Corp said on Wednesday it is making big strides toward an ambitious debt reduction target, announcing a financing deal for its Dominican mine, the planned sale of a suite of U.S. assets and a 60 percent cut to its dividend. Barrick said it was within striking distance of its target of slashing debt by at least $3 billion this year after doing a...

  • July 17- A train derailment in rural eastern Montana spilled 35,000 gallons of crude oil and forced the evacuation of about 30 people, a U.S. official said on Friday in an email to state officials. About 20 cars on the Berkshire Hathaway- owned BNSF crude oil train went off the rails east of Culbertson, Montana, on Thursday evening, officials said.

  • Oil production from the largest U.S. shale plays will plunge in August for a fourth consecutive month, forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Monday. Energy firms fired thousands of workers and cut back on new drilling after U.S. crude futures collapsed 60 percent from over $107 a barrel in June 2014 to near $42 in March on oversupply...

  • Vancouver- based Cannabix Technologies Inc, founded by a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, expects to be first out of the gate with a "pot breathalyzer"- a handheld device similar to those used to detect alcohol. Other hopefuls, such as Colorado- based Lifeloc Technologies Inc and a chemistry professor-PhD student duo at Washington State University,...

  • Drillers added oil rigs in two of the four major U.S. shale oil basins- eight rigs in the Permian in West Texas and eastern New Mexico and one in the Niobrara in Colorado and Wyoming- and cut five rigs each in the other two basins- the Eagle Ford in South Texas and the Bakken in North Dakota and Montana. On Friday, crude futures traded between $52 and $54 a barrel in see-saw...

  • The oil rig count rise of 12 to 640 followed a six-month slump in activity that reduced the number of active rigs from a peak of 1,609 in October to a nearly five-year low last week, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. Drillers added rigs in all of the major U.S. shale oil basins- three in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, two in the...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. Three states, most recently Missouri, have enacted laws that allow retail brokers to help curb scams against people with dementia. More than five million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease,...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. Three states, most recently Missouri, have enacted laws that allow retail brokers to help curb scams against people with dementia. More than five million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease,...