Shared State
Shared State
Mar 7, 2022
S2 Ep. 7 — Colstrip’s next chapter
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There’s not much certainty for the coal industry these days. In Montana, four of the six owners of the Colstrip Power Plant live in states where legislation is requiring companies to wean themselves off of coal energy. Residents of Colstrip — a town that has grown and prospered because of that resource —  fear that any bad news for the industry will be even worse for them. Up against shifting markets and corporate interests, how can advocates for Colstrip ensure future stability for its residents?



Read more about the Southeastern Montana Economic Development’s diversification strategy for Colstrip.

Learn more about what else the Coal Severance Tax Trust Fund pays for

Follow the Montana Legislature’s interim study of the Coal Severance Tax Trust Fund.


Shared State a podcast from Montana Free Press, Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio. This episode was reported by Melissa Loveridge and edited by Nicky Ouellet. It was produced by Nick Mott and hosted by Mara Silvers. Editorial assistance from Corin Cates-Carney, Nadya Faulx, and Brad Tyer. Fact-checking by Jess Sheldahl. Gabe Sweeney is our sound designer.

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