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PRESS RELEASE: Conservation groups: Federal Powder River Basin coal plan violates court order

BLM Plans Govern Coal Mining of 50,000 Acres, 6 Billion Tons of Coal FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2020 GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge a massive Powder River Basin coal mining plan that the groups say ignores alternatives to coal, oil and gas leasing and fails to […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Radioactive oil waste rules finalized after 6-year grassroots campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2020 Northern Plains Resource Council members persevere in long struggle to protect eastern Montana HELENA, Mont. – Last Friday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) finalized rules that will govern radioactive oil waste disposal in Montana. Crafting these protections took over 6 years, and was driven largely by members […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Legislative committee derails radioactive oil waste rules years in the making

Protections are impeded despite overwhelming public support FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2020 HELENA, Mont. – Members of an interim legislative committee, the Environmental Quality Council, voted yesterday to “object” to a nearly final draft of rules that would guide the disposal of radioactive oil waste in Montana. The committee is composed of 12 legislators […]

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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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Press Release: State proposes quadrupling Montana’s radioactivity limit for oilfield waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2019 Click here for DEQ draft radioactive oil waste rules and hearings schedule. BILLINGS, Mont. – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) last week released an update to proposed rules guiding the disposal of radioactive oil waste in Montana. Among the proposed changes is a quadrupling of Montana’s radioactivity concentration limit for […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Conservation Groups Seek to Join Wyoming Suit Over Coal, Oil, Gas Revenue

Groups aim to ensure companies pay a fair return for taxpayer-owned minerals FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2019 Cheyenne, Wyo.— Five conservation groups moved today to intervene in a lawsuit to preserve the 2016 Valuation Rule, a set of federal requirements requiring fossil fuel companies to pay full royalties when extracting publicly owned minerals. The […]

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Press Release: President Trump revokes 2017 Keystone XL Presidential Permit

White House attempts to usurp separation of powers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. – Late this afternoon, the White House issued TransCanada a new Presidential Permit taking the unusual step of revoking its own prior 2017 permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. A Montana federal district court ruling in November of 2018 found that […]

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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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