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Press release: Board of Oil and Gas Conservation adopts drilling notification – Dec. 14, 2016

New rule increases transparency in Montana oil industry Northern Plains Resource Council Today, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation voted 4-3 to adopt a rule requiring oil and gas operators to notify landowners within ¼ mile of a proposed oil or gas well. With the adoption of this rule, notification of neighboring landowners […]


Billings Gazette opinion: Montana oil and gas drillers should give notice to neighbors – Dec. 14, 2016

Dec. 14, 2016 Montanans place a high value on their right to know what their government is doing. The Montana Board of Oil and Gas has the opportunity at its meeting today in Billings to ensure that owners of “occupied structures” receive written notice before the board permits drilling within a quarter mile of the […]


‘Good Neighbor Agreement’ to survive Stillwater sale, conservation group says – Montana Public Radio, Dec. 9, 2016

WITH AUDIO A Montana conservation group says it expects a special environmental protection agreement it signed with Stillwater Mining to remain in effect after the sale of the company, which was finalized today. In 2000, previous company owners signed a “good neighbor agreement” with Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council. The agreement lays out specific environmental […]


South African company to acquire Stillwater Mining Company for $2.2 billion – Billings Gazette Dec. 10, 2016

By Erik Olson Stillwater Mining Co. announced Friday a deal to sell to a South African mining company for $2.2 billion, which would effectively end Stillwater’s two-decade run as a publicly-traded firm. Sibanye Gold Limited agreed to pay $18 per share in cash for Columbus-based Stillwater, Montana’s largest mining company. The deal is expected to […]


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 […]


Letter: Is PACE the future for Montana families? – Nov. 26, 2016, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Many of us want to see a better future for Montana’s working families. I just recently learned about Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and wanted to pass along what I know so far. PACE is a way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to existing buildings. These projects are funded by […]

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Press release: Cattle grazing a necessary part of ecosystem, says keynote speaker – Nov. 21, 2016

Northern Plains Resource Council Despite popular myths, grazing cattle is a necessary part of maintaining the ecosystem, Nicolette Hahn Niman told about 175 people gathered Nov. 18-19 for Northern Plains Resource Council’s 45th Annual Meeting in Billings. “Overall, we must maintain grazing as a necessary force for positive environmental impacts,” she said in her keynote […]


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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Want a tasty steak? Demand well-raised cattle, speaker urges – Billings Gazette, Nov. 20, 2016

By Mike Ferguson Nicolette Hahn Niman, a lawyer, author and rancher from Bolinas, Calif., jokes that she passionately argues for good grazing and animal husbandry practices because her cattle “needed a good lawyer.” Hahn Niman, who operates BN Ranch with her husband Bill, was keynote speaker Saturday for the 45th annual conference of the Northern […]


Lessons from closing N.Y. power plant may help in Colstrip – Billings Gazette, Nov. 20, 2016

By Mike Ferguson Peter De Jesus knows firsthand the financial and employment impact that closing a coal-fired power plant can have on a community, and he shared his experiences with a crowd of about 175 people in Billings Saturday. De Jesus, senior organizer and communications director for the Western New York Area Labor Federation, told […]