BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Conservationists are proposing a citizen's initiative for Montana's 2018 election that would toughen pollution rules for new hardrock mines. More than 25,000 valid voter signatures are needed by June 22 for the proposal to be placed on the November ballot. It would require companies to submit reclamation plans to clean up pollution from mines without the need for perpetual treatment of contaminated mine water.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A judge has told federal officials to go back and review documents related to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline after environmentalists accused the government of withholding details on the project's approval. US District Judge Brian Morris said that the government must release any relevant documents by March 21 or explain why they should be withheld. The ruling came in a lawsuit from environmentalists seeking to stop the 1,179-mile pipeline from Canada to refineries in the US.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state of Montana is seeking a court order to prevent the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin from marketing opioids to Montana prescribers. The move seeks to put the force of a court order behind Purdue Pharma's recent promise to end such marketing nationwide. The company last week declined Montana's request to put its decision into an enforceable agreement, saying it was unnecessary.
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A western Montana high school student was arrested earlier this week after authorities say he made numerous threats to "shoot up the school." MacLean William Kayser of Darby remained jailed Wednesday on $50,000 bail. The 18-year-old has not entered a plea, but told investigators he was joking. Authorities say he made the threats before and after the Florida school shooting that left 17 dead.
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