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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 […]


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 […]