Archive: 2017

Keystone XL: A nightmare before Christmas, or a spark to light a fire for homegrown prosperity?

December 15, 2017
It’s been almost a year since the Trump Administration revived TransCanada’s permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands oil, the dirtiest of the dirtiest of oils, right through Montana, endangering two of our most iconic and critical waterways—the Missouri and the Yellowstone Rivers—along with dozens of smaller rivers and streams that would be crossed along its path. Northern Plains, with our commitment to protecting Montana’s water now and forever, and our members who have been working...
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Northern Plains responds to Bureau of Land Management suspension of methane rule, December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017
Today, the federal Bureau of Land Management finalized the delay of much of its Methane and Waste Prevention rule until January 2019. In response, Northern Plains Resource Council issued the following statement: “Secretary Zinke’s decision to suspend these protections that safeguard the clean air, health, and economic vitality of oilfield communities is a deep betrayal of Western states. Westerners have made their overwhelming support of the BLM’s Methane and Waste Prevention rule...
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Federal Judge Denies TransCanada, Government Motion to Dismiss Keystone Lawsuit, November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017
Pipeline Challenge is Allowed to Proceed Great Falls, MT—Today, Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls ruled that a federal lawsuit brought by conservation and landowner groups over the Trump Administration’s approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline could proceed. Morris’s decision rejected a motion made by the State Department and TransCanada to dismiss the case. In March, six groups, including Northern Plains Resource Council, filed Northern Plains Resource Council et al. v. Shannon et al., alleging the Trump Administration had...
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Take action against radioactive oil waste

October 20, 2017
Eastern Montana should not be North Dakota’s Dumping Ground. Eastern Montana is home to the only radioactive oil waste facility in Montana and North Dakota combined. Click here to take action!
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Guest opinion: Why Montana needs COOL again – Billings Gazette, September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017
By Jeanie Alderson Northern Plains Resource Council Montana has been shaped by the image of the cattle industry. Cows grazing, hardy ranching families working the land and the rough-hewn hands of butchers are all iconic images of our state’s heritage. We represent two different ends of this heritage – the rancher who raises the cattle, and the neighborhood butcher who works in the meat department of your local grocery store. Unfair trade deals have put our shared culture in jeopardy. Many of...
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Plan to regulate radioactive oilfield waste doesn’t do enough, Montanans say at hearing – Billings Gazette, Sept. 7, 2017

September 19, 2017
By Holly Michels Many who support the Department of Environmental Quality’s first-time effort to regulate radioactive oilfield waste disposal sites still find a draft of the rules severely lacking. More than a dozen people testified in Helena on Thursday, all proponents of DEQ’s proposal for how to handle radioactive oilfield waste dumps. The rules will govern testing of what is disposed of, how it is stored and radiation emission standards. At the height of the last oil boom, drilling companies with radioactive...
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State Holds First Public Hearing On Radioactive Oil Waste Rules – Montana Public Radio, Sept. 7, 2017

September 7, 2017
By Nate Heygi On Thursday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing on draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. Radioactive oil waste, also known as TENORM, is the sludge that’s pulled out of the ground when companies are fracking or drilling for oil. It is way less radioactive than nuclear waste, but it is still considered a hazard and this is the first time the state has tried to regulate it. “It’s...
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Gazette opinion: Montana needs radioactive waste rules – Billings Gazette, Sept. 1, 2017

September 6, 2017
When the Bakken boomed, North Dakota got the bulk of oil development and Montana got most of the radioactive waste. North Dakota prohibited disposal of radioactive filter socks and other radioactive drilling waste. Montana had no rules, so the waste ended up here. Finally, Montana is moving forward with public health and safety rules specific to radioactive waste from oil and gas drilling. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality proposed rules for disposal of “technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material”...
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Why does local matter, you ask?

August 28, 2017
Good Earth Market co-op is one of the sponsors of the Montana Local Food Challenge organized by Northern Plains. The Local Food Challenge ends Aug. 31 so you can still participate! Local matters because it supports our local agricultural economy and it supports families in our own communities. Since its origin, the Good Earth Market, 3024 2nd Avenue N., has been a place for Billings and surrounding residents to access fresh, healthy food that wasn’t available in our own community. We quickly...
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Billings City Council, mayoral candidate forums set for this weekend – Billings Gazette, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017
The public is invited to attend a series of weekend Billings City Council and mayoral candidate forums. The forums are being moderated by KTVQ’s Dustin Klemann and were organized by a number of groups, including Forward Montana, Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council, the League of Women Voters of Billings, Billings Kiwanis, Not In Our Town, Billings Rising, Standing Up for Racial Justice, Billings TrailNet and the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force. Here’s the forum schedule for Saturday: 10 a.m. — Ward...
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