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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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Saving seed: Seed Bill reaches Montana governor’s desk – The Prairie Star, April 10, 2017

By Sarah Brown HELENA, Mont. – A bill that would prohibit Montana cities and counties from regulating seeds passed the House, and in early April, was sitting on Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk. Senate Bill 155, commonly known as the “Seed Bill,” would disallow local governments from regulating the “cultivation, harvesting, production, processing, registration, labeling, […]


Letter: Protect taxpayers from speculators – Billings Gazette, April 9, 2017

The Legislature is struggling to come up with a state budget, some saying that revenues are not there to fund many government responsibilities. This means that programs to support children, the elderly, the sick, our public libraries, our schools and many other services that Montanans rely on could be cut. But, at the same time, […]

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Letter: Leases should lapse if there’s no mining – Billings Gazette, April 8, 2017

The legislature and Gov. Bullock need to reject Senate Bill 235. It’s bad public policy and encourages economic speculation at the expense of Montana landowners. The bill could indefinitely extend leases for taxpayer-owned minerals to coal companies who haven’t broken ground for a decade. If you aren’t mining, you shouldn’t be tying up resources on […]

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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 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 […]


Press release: Rural Montana residents oppose Presidential Permit for Keystone XL – March 24, 2017

MP3 recording of Dena Hoff quotes>> Northern Plains Resource Council Yellowstone River farmers and members of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation oppose the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline through eastern Montana. The Trump Administration signed the permit this morning. “There have been so many pipeline leaks everywhere that to think it’s not going […]


Don’t cede control over Montana seed, oppose SB 155

In direct contradiction to Montana values, the state Senate passed a bill last week that will completely eliminate local control over one of our most valuable natural resources: seed. Senate Bill 155, sponsored by Sen. Mike Lang, R-Malta, takes away the rights of farming communities with sweeping language that preempts local decision-making power. It’s an […]

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