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  • Michelle L. Slyder Manager, DOT Compliance Pipelines and Terminals – (CHS) – Cenex Harvest States

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Also joining us on Voices of  Montana will be Clint Kelfell “Call before you dig” and Tina Beach Chairperson of the ” Montana liquid and gas pipeline association.”

    Pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of transporting natural gas and petroleum products.

    They move more than 700 million gallons of petroleum products a day – nearly two-thirds of all the oil transported annually in the United States.

    There are more than 185,000 miles of petroleum pipelines and 320, 000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines in use every day, in the United States alone.

    Because of their importance to our economy and everyday lives, protecting our pipeline networks is something everyone has a stake in.

    The key requirements for excavators (farmers/ranchers) to maintain compliance are as follows:

    • Use an available one-call system before excavating to notify operators of underground pipeline facilities of the timing and location of the intended excavation;
    • If underground pipelines exist in the area, wait for the pipeline operator to arrive at the excavation site and establish and mark the location of its underground pipeline facilities before excavating;
    • Excavate with proper regard for the marked location of pipelines an operator has established by taking all practicable steps to prevent excavation damage to the pipeline;
    • Make additional use of one-call as necessary to obtain locating and marking before excavating to ensure that underground pipelines are not damaged by excavation.
    • If damage to a pipeline from excavation activity causes the release of any PHMSA regulated natural and other gas or hazardous liquid as defined in part 192, 193, or 195 of this chapter from the pipeline, the excavator must promptly report the release to appropriate emergency response authorities by calling the 911 emergency telephone number and notify the pipeline operator at the earliest practical moment following discovery of the damage;
    • Notify the utility of any damage at the earliest practical moment.

  • Another Voices Of Montana “Veterans Day Special 2018.” Mr Jim Lish, US Army Retired And Other Military Guests

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

  • Voices of Montana’s Washington DC Insider – Drew Lesofski Talking About Elections

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    The majority of Mr. Lesofski’s career has been spent working in fast-paced environments where success is dependent on being self-motivated and a high-value team player.

    Early in his career, he managed State campaigns and ran grassroots for Federal candidates and ballot initiatives. He also worked under two Administrations, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education respectively, where he distinguished himself through his work on Tribal and adult education priorities. Mr. Lesofski also had the opportunity to work as a Washington, D.C. representative for the Governor of Nevada, giving him experience lobbying Congress and the Executive Branch on a variety of Nevada priorities, including education, health and environmental policy.

    With over a decade of experience, Mr. Lesofski is a proven leader in association building and grassroots advocacy. He excels at developing organizational priorities and messaging while balancing the needs of executive leadership with organization goals. His skills have allowed him to repeatedly realize successful grassroots and political strategy at both the state and federal level for multiple organizations, as well as the resulting exponential growth and expanded influence from his efforts.

    Currently Mr. Lesofski is a Principle with Yellowstone Strategies a consulting group with offices in Arizona, Montana, and Washington D.C. with our primary focusing on U.S. Department of Interior, and Bureau of Reclamation issues for clients across the West.

    Mr. Lesofski is a sixth-generation Montanan and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Montana. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Emy, and their dog, Huckleberry.

  • Gordon Stoner, Past President Of The National Association Of Wheat Growers & The Montana Grain Growers Association “I Am Not A Fan Of Tariffs On Wheat, Beef.”

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    As a wheat farmer, a past president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and of the Montana Grain Growers Association, and most importantly, a Montanan.
    These tariffs and the risk of trade wars have major implications for Montana’s wheat growers. But Montana farmers and ranchers producing other goods are feeling the heat, too.
    Last year, our representatives put a tremendous amount of effort into getting China to lift their ban and permit Montana beef to be sold in Chinese markets for the first time in years. Now, the proposed high tariffs could put the deal at risk.
    Since the elections, what will change and what will stay the same.
  • Is The CSKT Water Compact Good Enough For Montana or Do We Need A Totally New Compact?

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Welcome to the Website for the People’s Compact

    Photos: city-data.com

    We begin with an admission that the government’s very bad solution to resolving the federal reserved water rights  of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, along with its well hidden details, was a necessary part of the process of developing a real solution.

    Necessary because it stands out as a shining example of what “not to do,”  and also of government overreach at its worst.

    In its wake comes forth an opportunity to introduce an easy to understand and workable solution, written and supported by citizens seeking to decisively resolve what has become Montana’s most divisive issue.

    We call it the People’s Compact, or the Mending Fences Act.

    Its primary purpose is to unite rather than divide, and to bring reasonableness to the table by proposing a fair and comprehensive solution that will bring finality while at the same time protecting the property and water rights of all people, especially our friends and neighbors.

    Our community is amazing and unique, and the history that brought us to this place is important.  It should be celebrated and acknowledged, not hidden or rewritten inside a 1,500 page monstrosity that enriches and benefits the governments who wrote it, to the detriment of the people they represent.

    The People’s Compact is a grassroots solution that throws off the chains of the controversial, divisive and failed effort by government, and proposes to replace it with a fresh new, solution that is compatible with the law and is fair and equitable for all of Montana.

    Our approach to resolving this issue comes from a position of strength, not weakness.  After all it is the people who created these governments, and not only is it our right, but it is also our duty to push for a significant course correction when it is necessary.

    The People’s Compact does just that.

    On the pages of this website, we will share with you important background information and it necessary details to will leave no doubt that this is a common sense, people-first approach to resolving the huge mess that governments have created.

    The People’s Compact is a good faith effort do resolve a difficult problem.  We threw out the old compact and built ours upon the following objectives:

    To STAY within the confines of federal reserved water rights law and the constitution

    To PROVIDE a simple and final resolution for all of Montana

    To OFFER a solution that benefits people not governments

    To PROTECT the water rights of ALL MONTANANS and

    To MEND fences with our friends and neighbors

    We are pleased with the result and know you will be too.

  • EPA Wrapping Up Decades Of Libby/Troy Asbestos Cleanup – Mike Cerian – EPA Libby Remedial Project Manager (Also) US Congressman Greg Gianforte

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Gold miners discovered vermiculite in Libby in 1881. In the 1920s, the Zonolite Company formed and began mining the vermiculite. In 1963, W.R. Grace bought the Zonolite mining operations. The mine closed in 1990.

    While in operation, the Libby mine may have produced 80 percent of the world’s supply of vermiculite. Vermiculite has been used in building insulation and as a soil conditioner. Unfortunately, the vermiculite from the Libby mine was contaminated with a toxic and highly friable form of asbestos called tremolite-actinolite series asbestos, often called Libby Amphibole asbestos (LA). EPA’s investigation determined LA to be present in air (indoor and outdoor ambient), vermiculite insulation and bulk materials, indoor dust, soil, water, animal and fish tissue and various other media.

    In 1999, EPA responded to citizen, local government and media concerns regarding possible exposure to asbestos from the nearby vermiculite mine. EPA’s Removal program began conducting investigations and removal actions to address LA beginning in 2000. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in October 2002. In 2009, for the first time in the history of the agency, EPA declared a Public Health Emergency in Libby to provide federal health care assistance for victims of asbestos-related disease.

    EPA has made significant progress in reducing the amount of LA in the area. This has reduced the chance of contact with LA, which is known to cause lung disease and other breathing problems. The amount of LA in air in downtown Libby is now nearly 100,000 times lower than when the vermiculite mine and mill were operating.

    Investigation and cleanup of the site is expected to be complete in 2018 with the exception of the former vermiculite mine and forested areas (Operable Unit 3).

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