US won't impose rule to protect against coal ash spill costs

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration says it won't require electric utilities to show they have money to clean up hazardous releases from power plants despite a history of toxic coal ash sp...

Jump in wildfires means smoke's health impact will spread

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of mi...

Montana judge shouldn't have called for Mexican man's arrest

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal court says a Montana judge and sheriff's deputy violated a Mexican-born man's rights when they detained and arrested him based solely on suspicions he was in the count...

Grizzly bears push into lowland areas as legal fight drags

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wildernesses and into low-level farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting....

US withdraws train crew proposal that came after explosions

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, which was drafted in response to explosions of crude oil trains in the U...

Politics, killings stifle wolf recovery amid hefty price tag

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost m...

US says Trump coal moves hasten but don't increase emissions

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials say the Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse...

Judge: Resumption of US coal sales by Trump needs review

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge says the Trump administration failed to consider the environmental effects of its decision to resume coal sales from federal lands, but stopped short of halting ...

Pipeline opponents ask judge to strike down Trump's permit

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a federal court Friday in a lawsuit to declare President Donald Trump acted illegally when he issued a new permit fo...

Government-funded study says red wolves are distinct species

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A panel of top scientists has concluded the endangered red wolf of the southeastern U.S. is a species unto itself. The study by the National Academy of Sciences g...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is ordering federal land managers to give more consideration to public access concerns when selling or trading public land. ...

APNewsBreak: US easing land restrictions across US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other industries that were meant to protect an imperiled bird species that ranges a...

Trump's national monument changes return to spotlight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump's review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rema...

Fouled waters reveal lasting legacy of US mining industry

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding ...

List of regulation rollbacks for oil, gas and coal industry

Under President Donald Trump, federal agencies have moved to roll back regulations for companies that extract, transport and burn oil, gas and coal. Government analyses show companies will save billio...