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Coalbed Methane Gas & Coal Mining Development in Flathead River Basin

Case Number # 1707

The Flathead River flows from British Columbia south into Montana and forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. Coalbed methane gas extraction and open-pit coal mining in the Canadian headwaters of the Flathead River threaten to fragment the Flathead's abundant habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, and wolverines, and to pollute the river's pristine waters.

Earthjustice submitted petitions to the appropriate international agencies to seek to protect this special river and its surrounding habitat, and in 2010, British Columbia, in partnership with the state of Montana, has agreed to ban mining, oil and gas development, and coalbed gas extraction in the valley.


Press Releases

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Pristine northern Rockies valley straddles border
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Valuable methane gas at western Colorado coal mine being vented into atmosphere
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Salazar expressed “serious concerns about the potential impact of energy development on the park's water, wildlife, and other resources"
Friday, June 26, 2009
Proposed coal mine in BC's Flathead River Valley triggers World Heritage investigation