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PRESS RELEASE: Corporate bailout proposed by coal lobbyists would mean massive shortfalls in revenue for rural communities

The National Mining Association’s use of the COVID-19 crisis to roll back royalty rates puts revenue streams for states and coal communities dealing with the crisis in jeopardy.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2020 BILLINGS, Mont. —  The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) and its member groups in Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado are asking […]

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Guest Opinion: State’s lawsuit ignores the fate facing coal

By Joan Kresich February 16, 2020 Attorney General Tim Fox has chosen to waste our taxpayer money to fund a lawsuit against the state of Washington whose sole purpose is to give the coal industry an adrenaline jolt. Washington refused to be bullied into expanding the Millennium Bulk Terminals to export Powder River Basin coal. […]

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Guest Opinion: NorthWestern plans to enrich itself

Billings Gazette Sunday, January 11, 2020 I attended the Public Service Commission’s Billings hearing last week regarding NorthWestern Energy’s 20-year energy procurement plan. The Gazette’s Jan. 3 article, “NorthWestern Energy power plan heard in Billings,” devoted most of its reporting to the small minority of participants supporting the plan (almost all of whom had direct […]

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Press Release: NorthWestern Energy announces murky plan for new acquisitions one day after public hearing about future procurements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont – NorthWestern Energy (NWE) issued a press release today announcing plans to acquire a larger ownership stake in Unit 4 of the Colstrip Power Plant, only one day after a public hearing about their 20-year plans for future energy procurement. The resource procurement plan made no mention […]

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Press Release: PSC rejects NorthWestern Energy proposal to penalize Montana solar customers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2019 HELENA, Mont – In a much anticipated decision on Monday, the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously to reject a proposal from NorthWestern Energy attempting to place unfair, punitive charges on Montana’s residential solar customers. The decision comes as a part of the 2019 Rate Case filed last […]

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Press Release: Northern Plains files opening brief in expanded legal challenge to Keystone XL pipeline

Illegal pipeline approval violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2019 GREAT FALLS, Mont. — In concert with other conservation and landowners’ groups, the Northern Plains Resource Council filed their opening brief today in their federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s illegal approval of the Keystone […]

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Press Release: Speakers gather from across West to voice concerns over KXL threats to water, climate, and land rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. – Speakers from across the western United States gathered in Billings, MT yesterday for a rally demanding protection for water, climate, and land rights against the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, a project of Canada’s TC Energy Corporation.The rally was organized by the Northern Plains Resource Council and […]

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Media Advisory: Billings rally to protect water and climate from KXL Pipeline scheduled before restrictive State Department meeting

Speakers gather from across the West to ensure the public is heard  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. – The Northern Plains Resource Council and the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) have organized a rally and speaking event at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center on Tuesday, October 29 at 4 p.m. […]

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Gazette Opinion: DEQ should heed Glendive’s landfill concerns

Gazette Editorial Board October 6, 2019 Why does Montana deserve less than North Dakota? Melissa Mittelstaed of Glendive posed that question in a Sept. 29 letter to The Gazette, expressing her concerns about proposed state regulations for landfills accepting low-level radioactive waste from oilfields. “If radiation levels ever spike, Montana landfills have 15 days to […]

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Press Release: Eastern Montanans demand answers and stronger rules at radioactive oil waste hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2019 GLENDIVE, Mont. – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held the first of two hearings soliciting public comment for draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste. in a packed, standing-room-only hearing room, community members called for strengthening the rules and expressed concern over a report that found […]

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