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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 […]


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, […]


Press release: Trump administration reopens fossil fuel revenue loophole, cuts funds for coal counties – Aug. 7, 2017

Press release: Family farm and ranch groups decry bad deal for affected communities BILLINGS, Mont. – The Office of Natural Resources Revenue published a final rule today in the Federal Register to repeal the fossil fuel valuation rule set by the Obama administration. In response, rancher Steve Charter, of Shepherd, Mont., released the following on […]


Report: Carbon capture and sequestration expensive, inefficient, unreliable – June 20, 2017

BILLINGS – Today, the Western Organization of Resource Councils released a report criticizing federal and state policies that subsidize and support the expansion of carbon capture and sequestration technology (CCS). CCS technology is expensive, inefficient, dirty and unreliable; by contrast, renewable energy is cleaner, cheaper and faster to deploy, according to the report, titled Too […]

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Letter: Embrace clean energy – Billings Gazette, June 18, 2017

From record wildfires to drought to intense storms, we can’t ignore the increasingly severe effects that climate change is causing for Montana and the world. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to address this problem. What kind of people are we if we just dump it in their laps? The pollution that puts […]


Bullock, Northern Plains criticize Trump decision to leave Paris accord – Great Falls Tribune, June 1, 2017

HELENA —  In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock and others criticized President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris Agreement. “Ask any Montana farmer, rancher, hunter, angler or skier – climate change is real and poses a threat to our economy and our way of life,” Bullock said in a news […]


Press release: Montana group condemns Trump’s pulling U.S. out of Paris climate accord – June 1, 2017

MP3 audio recording of Steve Charter By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont — President Donald Trump today announced he has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Under the 2015 accord, the United States had pledged to cut greenhouse gas pollution by about 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. For the […]


Press statement – Trump climate order is a bad deal for Western communities, March 28, 2017

By Western Organization of Resource Councils Leaders of Western family agriculture and conservation groups reacted to today’s Executive Order from the White House that seeks to roll back the Clean Power Plan and other policies to address climate change, the pause on federal coal leasing, and standards that prevent oil and gas drillers from wasting […]