4 more states propose harsh new penalties for protesting fossil fuels

Industry-designed bills to silence climate protests are under consideration in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana. More are likely to come.

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Hearing for Haaland, first Native American pick to run Interior Dept., focuses on fossil fuels

The leaders of the Senate Energy Committee, both from oil-producing states, are expected to grill Deb Haaland on her opposition to new drilling leases on federal land.

Missoula teen not waiting for others to fix the climate crisis

Young people have been involved in climate action for decades, but their engagement in the climate movement has taken on a new immediacy.


GOP senators backed an extremist at Interior but reject a Native American woman

Sens. Steve Daines and John Barrasso, who had no concerns about an anti-public lands ideologue overseeing federal land, say Rep. Deb Haaland is too "radical."


Biden cancels Keystone XL pipeline, tribal members in Montana react

When Cheyenne Foote heard that President Joe Biden blocked the Keystone XL pipeline permit on his first day in office, she cried.


'Leadership is coming from the cities:' Bozeman among local governments leading push for clean energy in Montana

Three of Montana’s major cities are a united front in pushing for more renewable energy sources in the state.

Missoula's deadline for carbon neutrality looms as climate change presses in

Missoula put forth an ambitious plan to address climate change in 2013, setting the goal of carbon neutrality across the city by 2025. While progress has been made, additional resources are needed if the city hopes to attain its target in the five short years that remain.

Montanans’ health interwoven with climate change

Air thick with wildfire smoke, devastating droughts and other extreme weather events will continue to strike Montana, says a collaborative report composed by health professionals, researchers and professors from across the state.


Air quality warnings reduce mortality rates

Studies have shown that publicizing air quality warnings coincides with reduced numbers of asthma-related emergency-room visits for children and the elderly.


Seeking ways to protect drinking water from fossil fuel pollution in northern Great Plains

North Dakota's water supplies are at risk from contaminants from fracking wastewater, but residents are fighting back.


Pandemic crowds bring ‘Rivergeddon’ to Montana’s rivers

As urbanites flock to forests and rivers to escape coronavirus threats, trailheads are cramped with parked cars and fishing on the Madison River is like a Disneyland ride.

Montana regulators order cleanup of Colstrip ash ponds

Tuesday's decision from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality is the first major coal ash excavation project approved in the West.


Public lands: Lawmakers, advocates blast Bernhardt's LWCF order

An architect of the Great American Outdoors Act wants the Interior Department to take "corrective action" after it announced changes to how Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars can be spent.

Vulnerable Republicans seek to shore up conservation credentials in battle for Senate

Environmental issues could tip the balance in races with potentially slim margins.

Pennsylvania: Wolf administration joins 6 states in commitment to promote carbon capture

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced his administration is joining with six other states – Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming in expressing a commitment to a regional CO2 transport infrastructure plan.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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