Guest Column: Coal an intriguing beauty of self-regulated efficiency

Coal is a beautiful thing. While hated by environmentalists, it is an intriguing commodity that has advanced society tremendously throughout human history. Geologically, coal represents the atmospheres' incredible ability to self-regulate itself for maximum efficiency. During the Early Carboniferous when most of the earth's coal developed, CO2 levels in the atmosphere were 1,500 ppm. Without the formation of coal and the natural removal of CO2, we would not exist today. And without coal, our basic needs of electricity and steel would still not be met.



Voice of the Reader: Pipeline will eliminate train dangers

Fran Weber of Laurel voices her opinion on the dangers of trains and tank cars and building the Keystone XL pipeline.



New Technology For Cleaning Frac Water Gets Positive Marks in Water Quality Test

"Our patented technologies greatly improve the methodology of removing contaminants from oil field wastewater, and compared with current methods, it is more cost effective, and can be done onsite," said Jeff Soward, President of ARANA Water Technologies.



Kentucky-based Ramaco plans new coal mine near Sheridan

A Kentucky-based firm is developing plans to open a new coal mine northwest of Sheridan in 2016



Secrecy of Oil-by-Train Shipments Causes Concern Across the U.S.

Crude-by-Rail Has Jumped in Shale Boom, but Towns en Route Don't Get Data They Need for Safety



Voice of the Reader: Pipeline will produce construction jobs

TransCanada welcomes debate and discussion about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. We would however like to provide context to the letter ("Not so many Montana jobs in the pipeline", May 4).



Energy savings bill fails amid election politics

Vote over pipiline could have been tied to passage of widely popular legislation.



Walsh pass Keystone, remove Obama from cross-border infrastructure decisions

U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., is calling on Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and take future decisions about cross-border infrastructure projects out of the president's hands.



Feds issue emergency order on crude oil trains

The Transportation Department, headed by Secretary Anthony Foxx, issued an emergency order Wednesday requiring that railroads inform state officials before moving large shipments of crude oil through their states.



Bakken oil fields mark billionth barrel of oil

State data show that 1 billion barrels of oil have been produced from the rich Bakken shale formation in Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana. Oklahoma oil boss estimates that 20 billion barrels remain to be removed