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Press Release: Conservation Groups File to Join Federal Suit Over Coal, Oil, Gas Valuation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Groups join states in seeking to ensure companies pay their fair share for taxpayer-owned minerals OAKLAND, Calif.— Four conservation groups moved today to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a loophole that allows fossil fuel companies to avoid paying their fair share of royalties when publicly owned minerals are […]

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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 […]


Court rejects Trump’s delay of EPA methane pollution rule – The Hill, July 3, 2017

By Timothy Cama The Trump administration cannot delay an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule limiting methane pollution from oil and natural gas drilling, a federal court ruled Monday. In an early court loss for President Trump’s aggressive agenda of environmental deregulation, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that the EPA didn’t meet the […]

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Montana tribes fight Keystone XL pipeline, revived by Trump – Rolling Stone, April 19, 2017

Tribal members are trying to negotiate with TransCanada to reroute the pipeline downstream of their water supply By Hunter Pauli Members of the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana are trying to negotiate with energy company TransCanada to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline downstream of their drinking water […]


Conservation group: Keystone XL pipeline a threat to Montana’s water – Public News Service, March 31, 2017

By Eric Tegethoff GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A conservation group in Montana on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would travel through the state and across two of its major rivers. The Trump administration approved the pipeline last week based on a 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, which conservation groups around the […]


Press release: Northern Plains lead plaintiff in lawsuit against Keystone XL presidential permit – March 30, 2017

By Northern Plains Resource Council The Northern Plains Resource Council today filed as lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The suit was filed in federal district court in Great Falls. The lawsuit has been brought with a coalition of environmental groups. Northern Plains, a Montana-based […]


Press release: Bakken rancher welcomes federal judge’s methane ruling – Jan. 17, 2017

By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. — A Wyoming judge yesterday rejected efforts to block new standards by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would reduce the waste of natural gas on federal and tribal lands. “This is good news for people living in oil country,” said Pat Wilson, a rancher from Bainville […]