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BLM report: Improve antiquated coal fees and oversight – Montana on the Ground, Jan. 11, 2017

By Laura Lundquist The Bureau of Land Management should not only require a better return on coal leases for U.S. taxpayers but also work harder to balance coal production against the growing threat of climate change, according to a new Department of the Interior report. On Wednesday, the BLM released an exhaustive report on the federal coal […]


BLM report: Federal coal program needs reforming – Public News Service, Jan. 12, 2017

WITH AUDIO By Eric Tegethoff BILLINGS, Mont. — A new report from the Bureau of Land Management highlights the many issues with the federal coal production program. The report, released Wednesday, said the way coal mines are leased on public lands is in need of reform, and the program in its current form isn’t giving taxpayers a fair […]


Press release: Western citizens welcome key report highlighting problems and solutions for federal coal program – Jan. 11, 2017

Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. – Members of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) applauded the Bureau of Land Management’s release today of a key report in its programmatic review of the federal coal program. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the review a year ago in response to calls from […]


Press release: Resource councils welcome release of Stream Protection Rule – Dec. 19, 2016

By Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. – Today, the Department of Interior and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released the final Stream Protection Rule. The rule, which is designed to prevent water degradation by utilizing the best available science and technology, marks the first national update to water protections from coal […]


Environmentalists brace for Trump rules for fossil fuels – Billings Gazette, Dec. 2, 2016

By Tom Lutey Environmentalists from Montana to British Columbia are bracing for changes in fossil fuel policy under the Trump presidency. Representatives from three Western states and Canada said Wednesday that they expect new momentum for coal and oil shipping ports, pipelines and mining. Bozeman resident Beth Kaeding, a past chairman of the Northern Plains […]


U.S. moves to block mining near Yellowstone Park – Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2016

By Matt Brown U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive areas. Mining claims on 30,000 acres north of the nation’s first national park would be prohibited for at least two years while […]

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Group delivers petitions to Zinke over ‘scary’ trade deal – Oct. 31, 2016

Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. —  Twenty-three citizens in Halloween costumes ranging from a zombie ballerina to Sully, the monster from the movie Monsters Inc., delivered a petition with hundreds of signatures today to U.S. House Rep. Ryan Zinke’s office in downtown Billings. Their message? The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is SCARY! The […]


TPP is ‘Scary! ’ Northern Plains members to present petition on Halloween

Monday, October 31 1:00-1:25 p.m. Rep. Zinke’s Office (222 N 32nd Street) Billings Several members of Northern Plains Resource Council will be in full costume on Halloween Day while delivering a petition to Rep. Ryan Zinke urging him to vote “no” when the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is presented to Congress. There isn’t much scarier than […]