Items by Eric Whitney

Under pressure, Montana opts for a slower approach
Near Miles City, Montana, landowners are fighting to slow down methane gas development.
Mining out the middleman
In Montana, the Stillwater Mining Co. and local citizens' groups have signed a legally binding "good neighbor" agreement that holds the palladium mine to strict environmental standards in exchange for environmentalists agreeing to drop a lawsuit.
Nuns get a windfall
In Richardton, N.D., the nuns of Sacred Heart Monastery have installed two 100-ft. windmills.
Can a hog farm bring home the bacon?
A huge, industrial hog farm would bring much-needed jobs and profits to South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux Reservation, but a growing number of tribal members have begun to criticize the project and worry about the waste it would produce.
An island becomes a protest ground
On La Framboise Island in Pierre, S.D., Sioux Indian activists have been protesting since March against the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to return most of Missouri River bottomland it once managed to the state, rather than giving all back to 7 tribes.
Beware of orange clouds
Explosions set off in the course of coal mining in Wyoming's Powder River Basin create poisonous clouds of nitrogen oxide gases, which sometimes linger over the homes and schools of area residents.
Where do we put the condos?
A ski resort developer seeks a land swap with the Forest Service that would enable him to develop the small Grand Targhee ski resort in Driggs, Idaho, and the real estate nearby.
South Dakota tells a mine to stay put
Environmentalists oppose South Dakota Gov. William Janklow's plan to let the Gilt Edge mine expand its open pit in order to make enough money to pay for much-needed reclamation elsewhere on the gold mine.
Dreams of new industry go up in smoke
Dakota Catalyst Products shuts its Williston, N.D., metals recycling plant, leaving behind an environmental mess that is just now becoming public.
Judge settles Telluride wetlands dispute
The EPA orders the Telluride Ski and Golf Co. to restore 17 acres of wetlands it filled to build a golf course.
One win, one loss
The Telluride Ski and Golf Company is allowed to double the size of its skiing area, but must pay a fine and restore 19 acres to wetlands near the resort.
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