Category: Congress

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 release: Rancher, group celebrate Senate’s failure to overturn methane waste rule – May 10, 2017

By Northern Plains Resource Council A Montana conservation and family farm group were celebrating the failure today of the U.S. Senate to overturn the Bureau of Land Management Methane and Waste Prevention rule. The BLM protections reduces the wasteful venting, flaring and leaking of methane during oil and gas drilling operations, saving taxpayers money, creating […]

BLM methane rule protects human and livestock health

Note: The U.S. Senate failed 49-51 on May 10 to rescind the BLM methane waste rule using the Congressional Review Act. This guest editorial appeared in the May 8, 2017, Billings Gazette. The U.S. Senate has been considering rolling back the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule — key protections that limit […]

Letter: Killing stream rule hurt ranchers – Billings Gazette, March 14, 2017

As a longtime rancher north of Billings, water supply has been the 70-year struggle for my ranch. We must protect the water we have. In the Bull Mountains I rely on a combination of wells and natural springs to water livestock. And like other nearby operations, my ranch is currently being undermined — literally — by […]


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Press release: Zinke confirmation puts coal industry in control of Interior Department – March 1, 2017

As Congressman, Ryan Zinke pushed dead-end coal export proposals despite unprecedented local, tribal opposition By Power Past Coal SEATTLE – Today’s confirmation of Ryan Zinke to head President Trump’s Department of the Interior puts one of the most outspoken advocates of coal export proposals in control of 500 million acres of public land, including coal […]

Press release: Northern Plains says Pruitt wrong choice to lead EPA, Feb. 17, 2017

By Northern Plains Resource Council In response to today’s United States Senate vote to approve the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to run the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Northern Plains Resource Council has the following statement: “Today, the Senate made the wrong choice for Montanans as well as Americans,” said Kate French, Chair of Northern […]

Letter: Tell senators to stop methane waste – Billings Gazette, Feb. 17, 2017

Congress is moving closer to repealing the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Rule; the final vote will take place in the Senate sometime in the coming weeks. Here’s why repealing the Methane Waste Rule (via the Congressional Review Act) is irresponsible governing, and just plain wasteful. Currently, oil and gas companies throw away about […]

Bill to kill Obama coal rule divides Tester, Daines – Billings Gazette, Feb. 4, 2017

By Tom Lutey One of Barack Obama’s last executive orders concerning coal divided Montana’s U.S. senators as a bipartisan group of the lawmakers voted this week to kill the former president’s “stream protection rule.” Four coal state Democrats joined Republicans in scrapping former President Obama’s rule, which Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., called “devastating to Montana’s […]