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Press Release: Federal judge denies pre-construction work on Keystone XL pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2018 Great Falls, MT – U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled today that TransCanada is prohibited from field activities related to the construction of their proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Today’s Supplemental Order clarifies the court’s November 8 decision which found that the Trump Administration failed to comply with environmental laws in issuing […]


Press Release: Northern Plains Resource Council Wins KXL Lawsuit

Federal Judge Brian Morris vacates Presidential Permit FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2018 Great Falls, MT – Today, Judge Brian Morris levied what could be the final blow to TransCanada’s would-be Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, vacating the 2017 record of decision by President Trump to issue the Presidential Permit for the project. Judge Morris […]


Gazette Opinion: Methane Waste debate flares again – Billings Gazette, April 1, 2018

Gas that leaks or flares from America’s public lands benefits no one. That’s why regulations to prevent waste can provide broad benefits. Contrary to that common sense conclusion, the Trump administration has been trying to undo waste prevention rules finalized at the end of 2016 after years of public comment and study. “The BLM is […]

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Press Release: Conservation Groups File to Join Federal Suit Over Coal, Oil, Gas Valuation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Groups join states in seeking to ensure companies pay their fair share for taxpayer-owned minerals OAKLAND, Calif.— Four conservation groups moved today to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a loophole that allows fossil fuel companies to avoid paying their fair share of royalties when publicly owned minerals are […]

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Gazette opinion: Montana needs radioactive rules – Billings Gazette, January 11, 2017

After several years of complaints from neighbors in Dawson County, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality released a draft of proposed regulations for landfills licensed to hold low-level radioactive waste last August. The only such landfill licensed and operating in Montana or in North Dakota is located in Dawson County. It holds radioactive oilfield waste […]

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Radioactive Bakken waste buried in Montana, while North Dakota has no licensed dump sites – Billings Gazette, January 5, 2018

By Matt Hudson Montana’s capacity for radioactive oilfield waste could be expanded soon as regulators finalize rules for disposal. State officials are reviewing the license application for the Yellowstone Disposal landfill. It’s a project backed by a North Dakota-based company, which plans to build on 2,600 acres of land 4.5 miles southeast of Sidney. Within […]

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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 […]


Federal Judge Denies TransCanada, Government Motion to Dismiss Keystone Lawsuit, November 22, 2017

Pipeline Challenge is Allowed to Proceed Great Falls, MT—Today, Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls ruled that a federal lawsuit brought by conservation and landowner groups over the Trump Administration’s approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline could proceed. Morris’s decision rejected a motion made by the State Department and TransCanada to dismiss the […]

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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 […]