Congressional delegation pushes Obama administration on Keystone XL pipeline

Montana's congressional delegation has turned up the pressure on the Obama administration to approve the country-crossing Keystone XL pipeline.



Bay Ltd. brings good jobs, skilled workers to Billings

Bay Ltd. Montana is in a position to become one of Montana's largest manufacturers, providing good jobs in our community, and we need to support their efforts. If we don't, I'm sure other states will.



Natural Gas Boom Hints At U.S. Energy Sufficiency

After decades of rising prices, hostile foreign suppliers and warnings that Americans will have to bicycle to work, the world faces the possibility of vast amounts of cheap, plentiful fuel. And the source for much of this new supply? The U.S.



Energy initiatives will be beneficial for Montanans

Cliff Larsen, a Vietman veteran who represents Montana Senate Distict 50 in Missoula and Charlie Cromwell who is an Irag War veteran, co-founder of a tech starup, and an attorney in the Bozeman area write a Guest opinion in the Sunday Billings Gazette about how Veterans and other Montanans alike should encourage our elected officials to continue investment in long-term solutions to our economically unsustainable and strategically risky dependence on foreign oil. The last thing our policymakers should do is heed short-term political motivations and impede the burgeoning movement toward American energy independence.



Marcellus gas cuts price premiums to decade lows

So much natural gas is coming from the Marcellus shale deposit in the U.S. Northeast that costs for utilities are at levels unseen in more than a decade.



OSHA and NIOSH issue hazard alert for silica exposure in fracking operations

OSHA and NIOSH issued an alert that outlines the health hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing and focuses specifically on exposures to airborne silica.



Group has $40 million grant to turn forest waste into fuel for jets

MISSOULA - The future of Pacific Northwest forests may lie in the stuff loggers now leave behind. That's the bet the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance has made in networking a roomful of professors, business leaders and government officials to turn wood waste into jet fuel. They're working through a $40 million federal grant to envision all the mills, pipelines, refineries, outreach programs, permits and spinoffs the industry could create.



No credible evidence of fracking contamination

In more than 60 years, there has not been a single confirmed case of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater. There is no credible evidence to suggest that record of safety has been or will be compromised, here in Montana or anywhere else in the United States



Video: Baucus urges Washington to follow Montana's example on energy

Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus highlighted Montana's diverse energy resources at a hearing in his Finance Committee.



Guest Opinions: Canada will pursue trade with China regardless of U.S. energy policies

John W. Maxwell who chairs the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, 1309 E. 10th St., in Blomington Ind. 47405 writes a Guest Opinion in the Friday edition of the Billings Gazette and says: "building the pipeline will provide economic benefits at little or no environmental costs since Canadians will sell their oil regardless and so the eventual decision to proceed with the pipeline is almost inevitable."