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PRESS RELEASE: Keystone XL pipeline canceled after years of grassroots opposition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2021 BILLINGS, Mont. – Today, TC Energy announced that it has canceled the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project after a thirteen-year effort that has included countless battles in Montana and beyond over the legality of the Canadian tar sands project.  Northern Plains Resource Council has worked alongside tribal communities and […]


PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains responds to Biden climate policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2021 BILLINGS, Mont. – On his first day in office, President Biden issued a list of measures the Biden/Harris administration will take to tackle climate change. New policies include rejoining the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, re-establishing the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) to […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains responds to reports that Biden will rescind Keystone XL permit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2021 CONTACTS: Dustin Ogdin, Northern Plains Communications Director, dustin@northernplains.org BILLINGS, Mont. – Canada’s CBC News first reported over the weekend that President-elect Joe Biden plans to make good on a campaign promise to stop the Keystone XL pipeline by rescinding the cross-border KXL permit as early as his first day […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Conservation groups appeal rushed decision regarding Keystone XL waterway crossings in Montana

DEQ refused to evaluate full scope of project and admits failure to meaningfully review public comments FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2021 HELENA, Mont. –  Today, the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Sierra Club appealed the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) issuance of a water quality certification for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Montana DEQ approves robust coal ash removal plan for Colstrip cleanup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2020 BILLINGS, Mont. – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved a plan today for excavating – physically digging up – 6.7 million cubic yards of coal ash stored outside the Colstrip Power Plants in southeastern Montana. Coal ash is the waste product of coal-fired power plants and is […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Final public comment period opens for groundwater pollution cleanup at Colstrip

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 22, 2020 Link to DEQ Colstrip page with information on the coal ash pond comment period for Units 1&2: https://deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/mfs/ColstripSteamElectricStation BILLINGS, Mont. – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is taking public comment on long-term plans to close and remediate a waste coal ash impoundment associated with Units 1&2 of […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Conservation groups: Federal Powder River Basin coal plan violates court order

BLM Plans Govern Coal Mining of 50,000 Acres, 6 Billion Tons of Coal FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2020 GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge a massive Powder River Basin coal mining plan that the groups say ignores alternatives to coal, oil and gas leasing and fails to […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Radioactive oil waste rules finalized after 6-year grassroots campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2020 Northern Plains Resource Council members persevere in long struggle to protect eastern Montana HELENA, Mont. – Last Friday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) finalized rules that will govern radioactive oil waste disposal in Montana. Crafting these protections took over 6 years, and was driven largely by members […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Grassroots conservationists and industrial mine mark 20 successful years of Good Neighbor Agreement

Legally-binding contract protects pristine rivers and quality of life in rural Montana FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2020 BILLINGS, Mont. – May 8, 2020, marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Neighbor Agreement, a legally-binding contract overseeing an expansive mine operation in Montana. The contract was negotiated between the Stillwater Mining Company […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Legislative committee derails radioactive oil waste rules years in the making

Protections are impeded despite overwhelming public support FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2020 HELENA, Mont. – Members of an interim legislative committee, the Environmental Quality Council, voted yesterday to “object” to a nearly final draft of rules that would guide the disposal of radioactive oil waste in Montana. The committee is composed of 12 legislators […]

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