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Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

This blog ran as the Chair’s Column in the Summer 2017 Plains Truth, the voice of the Northern Plains Resource council. The drought in eastern Montana this summer reminds us, yet again, that ranchers and farmers depend on clean, reliable water sources for their livelihoods. This summer, I’ve visited with producers in Dawson, Garfield, Fergus, […]



Press release: Trump administration reopens fossil fuel revenue loophole, cuts funds for coal counties – Aug. 7, 2017

Press release: Family farm and ranch groups decry bad deal for affected communities BILLINGS, Mont. – The Office of Natural Resources Revenue published a final rule today in the Federal Register to repeal the fossil fuel valuation rule set by the Obama administration. In response, rancher Steve Charter, of Shepherd, Mont., released the following on […]


Press release: Farmers and ranchers call for coal mine cleanup – Aug. 3, 2017

Joint Press Release from the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Northern Plains Resource Council & Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. – As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the federal strip mine law, coal field residents are urging the federal government to make good on promises to reclaim mined land. Today marks 40 years since the […]


U.S. gives Montana $4.6 million for retraining coal workers – Associated Press, Aug. 1, 2017

By Bobby Caina Calvan Associated Press Aug. 1, 2017 HELENA — The U.S. government awarded $4.6 million in aid on Tuesday to retrain hundreds of Montana coal workers, many of whom will soon be out of jobs because of a partial closure of the coal-fired Colstrip power plant. The money was allocated after President Donald Trump declared […]


Could climate change solutions also help drought conditions? – Public News Service, July 31, 2017

INCLUDES AUDIO Eric Tegethoff CIRCLE, Mont. — Montana is suffering from wildfires and possibly the worst drought in 30 years, bringing lots of pain to farmers and ranchers. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the highest level measured. The northeastern part of the state has been […]


Press release: Record breaking 169,000 comments raise concerns about water quality impacts of Longview coal export terminal – July 27, 2017

By Power Past Coal LONGVIEW, Wash. — More than 169,000 public comments flooded the Washington Department of Ecology encouraging the agency to deny a water quality permit needed for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview. This is the largest number of comments Ecology has ever received on a Water Quality Certification […]


News advisory: Montanans gear up to take Local Food Challenge this August, July 24, 2017

Northern Plains Resource Council is hosting the second annual Montana Local Food Challenge. During all of August participants statewide will try to eat something local every day, plus participate in weekly challenges related to eating local. Eating local brings myriad benefits: Providing fresher, more nutritious, and better tasting foods; Building communities and local economies; Supporting […]


Letter: Four reasons to oppose Keystone XL – Missoulian, July 16, 2017

The Keystone XL Pipeline would transport tar sands oil 1,900 miles from Alberta, through Montana to Texas. I oppose it because: High potential to contaminate our drinking water. KXL would cross both of Montana’s major rivers: the Missouri and the Yellowstone. Two massive spills on Yellowstone River have happened since KXL was proposed. The pipeline […]

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