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Coal-bed company’s permits revoked


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The state Department of Environmental Quality violated federal and state environmental laws by allowing an exploration company to pump untreated water used in coal-bed methane drilling into the Tongue River, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled.

The ruling Tuesday voided the discharge permits issued to Fidel i ty Explorat ion and Production Co., but said the company can continue operating while the DEQ reevaluates the permits.

The state regulator must issue new permits within 90 days that impose the proper pre-discharge treatment standards, the state high court said.

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