Late on a winter night in Eastern Montana, the power plant at Colstrip pumps 22,000 gallons of water per minute out of the Yellowstone to produce power for the Pacific Northwest. Yes, it's located far from the areas it provides power for but that keeps it away from already polluted urban areas and out of sight and mind. The plant emits more than 400 pounds of sulfur dioxide each hour, in addition to nitrous oxides and a variety of other toxic substances. According to a 2009 report by Environment America entitled “America’s Biggest Polluters,” the Colstrip plant is one of the dirtiest plants in the nation.
From, "East of Billings" by Rick Bass:
"I had thought, for instance, that on the eastern side of the state, folks would be careful with something as rare and valuable as water. Not so. The power companies were still slinging it all over — piping it in from far away to aid in the processing of waste slurry, sucking it out of the ground, and then, once it was contaminated, letting it seep back down into the groundwater. An anthropologist in the future could infer that it was here on history’s timeline that our species went mad."
"The power plant blinked, pulsed, and glowed like a brain hard at work, or a dream illuminated in the night. It sat right in the heart of Colstrip — beautiful yet ominous, like an electric toad, black as obsidian and laced with rows of light. It could have been the set for a Batman movie. A toxic citadel." #Coal #Montana #SoutheastMontan #Colstrip #PowderRiverBasin +National Wildlife Federation +Alexis Bonogofsky