Archive for May 12th, 2009

by jhwygirl

Montana Women For – a fabulous organization out there Livingston/Bozeman way, advocating for peace, justice and equality – has a heart wrenching piece up regarding the W.R. Grace verdict from Andrea Peacock, author of Libby, Montana: Asbestos and the Deadly Silence of an American Corporation .

From the piece:

It never was Gayla Benefield or Norita or Les Skramstad’s job to get justice for Libby. It was the job of the EPA and Department of Justice; it was the duty of Montana’s media; and it remains the responsibility of the Montana Attorney General.

Andrea is correct. I’m no lawyer – nor do I play one on the intertubes – but Montana can not allow W.R. Grace to get away with mass murder. If there is a law to be had – and as far as I know there is no statute of limitations on murder – then Bullock needs to take on this task. For Libby. For Montana. This can not and should not happen again. Standing by and allowing the EPA and Malloy to serve up this final bitter pill as the end-all to the asbestos poisoning of Montana citizens can not be allowed.

If there’s no more, then Bullock needs to tell us why.

You must read No Justice for Libby Montana. Call Attorney General Steve Bullock. And then take the appropriate action.

by jhwygirl

Very little to be found on this on the web, people – but that should be of no surprise. I’ve ruminated numerous times on the lack of information readily available on county issues.

It’s 2009! Come on! You have the technology, and the staff. As it is now, it seems they’d rather spend time answering the phone and faxing and emailing truncated information around. Maps? They don’t fax well, nor do they email well for people on dial-up.

And now you can’t even read minutes – they only post the audio files. Can they make it any harder? We get agendas without links, and audio minutes. Unbelievable. I could go on about the many reasonable reasons why all BCC weekly agenda staff reports should be available for everything, but it really is as basic as wanting – wanting – to serve the public and provide them with information that is the same stuff available to the elected officials taking on public meeting actions.

No excuses. Spending money? Rubber-stamping family exemptions? Subdivisions? Those county departments aren’t getting that work done on slide rule and typewriters.

I see I’ve digressed…..

Missoula’s Board of County Commissioners takes up an extension of interim zoning for the area just south of Lolo, and west of Highway 93 as it relates to gravel and open cut mining and processing operations. About a year ago the county commissioners approved interim zoning in this area, but not without being dragged to their responsibilities.

That intertim zoning is about to expire, and per state law, they get to extend it just one more year. The weekly schedule sez it provides a link to the resolution, but in reality, it only provides a link to a public notice announcement on the interim zoning extension meeting. That document directs you to the resolution at, but a search of that page will leave you resolution-less.

So here’s what I know:
There’s a BCC meeting Wednesday, at 1:30, where a resolution will be considered to extend interim zoning for the area near Lolo, as it relates to open cut mining and processing operations.

It might be nice, too, if the county can give an update on this interim zoning. Surely one year later they’ve made some progress, no? Surely extending the interim zoning is reasonable because the county can reasonably expect to enact regular zoning there by May of 2010, right?

Otherwise, honestly, why bother? I say that, please note, as someone who has wholeheartedly supported county-wide zoning.

Interested citizens want to know these things.

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