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PRESS RELEASE: Montana’s Energy Future Summit set for October 1

Virtual event to focus on opportunities, challenges in providing clean, affordable power across the state FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 2, 2021 BILLINGS, Mont. – Northern Plains Resource Council is hosting Montana’s Energy Future Summit on October 1. The daylong, virtual event will feature expert speakers from across the country and Montana. Issues to be explored at the […]


PRESS RELEASE: Maggie Gordon named Executive Director of Northern Plains

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2021 BILLINGS Mont. – The Northern Plains Resource Council board of directors has hired Maggie Gordon to serve as the organization’s Executive Director after an expansive nationwide search. Northern Plains is a Billings-based grassroots conservation and family agriculture nonprofit organization founded in 1972. Maggie was an active member of Northern Plains before being […]


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 […]


Northern Plains responds to Bureau of Land Management suspension of methane rule, December 7, 2017

Today, the federal Bureau of Land Management finalized the delay of much of its Methane and Waste Prevention rule until January 2019. In response, Northern Plains Resource Council issued the following statement: “Secretary Zinke’s decision to suspend these protections that safeguard the clean air, health, and economic vitality of oilfield communities is a deep betrayal […]


Plan to regulate radioactive oilfield waste doesn’t do enough, Montanans say at hearing – Billings Gazette, Sept. 7, 2017

By Holly Michels Many who support the Department of Environmental Quality’s first-time effort to regulate radioactive oilfield waste disposal sites still find a draft of the rules severely lacking. More than a dozen people testified in Helena on Thursday, all proponents of DEQ’s proposal for how to handle radioactive oilfield waste dumps. The rules will […]


State Holds First Public Hearing On Radioactive Oil Waste Rules – Montana Public Radio, Sept. 7, 2017

By Nate Heygi On Thursday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing on draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. Radioactive oil waste, also known as TENORM, is the sludge that’s pulled out of the ground when companies are fracking or drilling for oil. It is […]


Gazette opinion: Montana needs radioactive waste rules – Billings Gazette, Sept. 1, 2017

When the Bakken boomed, North Dakota got the bulk of oil development and Montana got most of the radioactive waste. North Dakota prohibited disposal of radioactive filter socks and other radioactive drilling waste. Montana had no rules, so the waste ended up here. Finally, Montana is moving forward with public health and safety rules specific […]


Why does local matter, you ask?

Good Earth Market co-op is one of the sponsors of the Montana Local Food Challenge organized by Northern Plains. The Local Food Challenge ends Aug. 31 so you can still participate! Local matters because it supports our local agricultural economy and it supports families in our own communities. Since its origin, the Good Earth Market, 3024 […]


After four years of concerns, Montana DEQ drafts radioactive waste rules – Public News Service, Aug. 25, 2017

HAS AUDIO Eric Tegethoff HELENA, Mont. – After more than four years of urging, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has released draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. Since 2013, the Oaks Disposal facility near Glendive has been the destination for more than 250,000 tons of radioactive waste, mostly from North […]


Montana moves to regulate radioactive oilfield waste sites – Billings Gazette, Aug. 24, 2017

By Matt Hudson Extraction companies have always known exactly what to do with the fossil fuels pulled out of the Bakken formation. But early in the boom, no one really knew what to do with the tons of radioactive waste that drillers produced. “Couple of municipal landfills started getting materials coming in from the landfill,” […]