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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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Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

This blog ran as the Chair’s Column in the Summer 2017 Plains Truth, the voice of the Northern Plains Resource council. The drought in eastern Montana this summer reminds us, yet again, that ranchers and farmers depend on clean, reliable water sources for their livelihoods. This summer, I’ve visited with producers in Dawson, Garfield, Fergus, […]


Could climate change solutions also help drought conditions? – Public News Service, July 31, 2017

INCLUDES AUDIO Eric Tegethoff CIRCLE, Mont. — Montana is suffering from wildfires and possibly the worst drought in 30 years, bringing lots of pain to farmers and ranchers. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the highest level measured. The northeastern part of the state has been […]


Letter: Four reasons to oppose Keystone XL – Missoulian, July 16, 2017

The Keystone XL Pipeline would transport tar sands oil 1,900 miles from Alberta, through Montana to Texas. I oppose it because: High potential to contaminate our drinking water. KXL would cross both of Montana’s major rivers: the Missouri and the Yellowstone. Two massive spills on Yellowstone River have happened since KXL was proposed. The pipeline […]

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We need health protections from unrestricted methane gas waste

The following is the testimony that Sue Beug, a member of Carbon County Resource Council and a Northern Plains leader on oil and gas issues, gave July 10 at an EPA hearing in Washington, D.C. My name is Susann Beug and I live in Red Lodge, Montana. I am also part owner of our family […]