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PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains launches new legal challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline approval

Trump administration violated National Environmental Policy Act and Clean Water Act by approving controversial tar sands pipeline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2019 Great Falls, MT— Northern Plains Resource Council joined a coalition of conservation groups in filing a federal lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ illegal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains Resource Council responds to Governor Bullock’s climate plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2019 HELENA, Mont. – Today, Governor Steve Bullock announced an agenda for the state of Montana to address climate change during a “Facebook Live Town Hall” streamed on the social media platform. Becky Mitchell, the chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, responded to the Governor’s proposal with the following statement on behalf of the […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains Resource Council responds to Trump carbon rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. — Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final carbon rule for the U.S. power industry which diminishes many of the air quality protections found in the Obama-era Clean Power Plan it replaces. Northern Plains Resource Council member, Mark Fix, a Miles rancher along the Tongue River, issued the following statement on behalf of Northern Plains: “This […]

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Press Release: President Trump revokes 2017 Keystone XL Presidential Permit

White House attempts to usurp separation of powers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. – Late this afternoon, the White House issued TransCanada a new Presidential Permit taking the unusual step of revoking its own prior 2017 permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. A Montana federal district court ruling in November of 2018 found that […]

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Press Release: Federal judge denies pre-construction work on Keystone XL pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2018 Great Falls, MT – U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled today that TransCanada is prohibited from field activities related to the construction of their proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Today’s Supplemental Order clarifies the court’s November 8 decision which found that the Trump Administration failed to comply with environmental laws in issuing […]


Press Release: Northern Plains Resource Council Wins KXL Lawsuit

Federal Judge Brian Morris vacates Presidential Permit FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2018 Great Falls, MT – Today, Judge Brian Morris levied what could be the final blow to TransCanada’s would-be Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, vacating the 2017 record of decision by President Trump to issue the Presidential Permit for the project. Judge Morris […]



Gazette Opinion: Methane Waste debate flares again – Billings Gazette, April 1, 2018

Gas that leaks or flares from America’s public lands benefits no one. That’s why regulations to prevent waste can provide broad benefits. Contrary to that common sense conclusion, the Trump administration has been trying to undo waste prevention rules finalized at the end of 2016 after years of public comment and study. “The BLM is […]

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Sudden droughts, wildfires are vision of Montana’s future, says state climatologist – Yellowstone Public Radio, Aug. 15, 2017

By Nate Hegyi A smoke-filled August sky is nothing new for Montanans, but this summer seems particularly bad. And now a state climatologist is saying people here better get used to it — wildfires and sudden droughts could be the new normal. If you’re wondering what climate change will look like in Montana, state climatologist […]

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