Category: Pipeline

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: 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 […]

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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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, […]

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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Montana tribes fight Keystone XL pipeline, revived by Trump – Rolling Stone, April 19, 2017

Tribal members are trying to negotiate with TransCanada to reroute the pipeline downstream of their water supply By Hunter Pauli Members of the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana are trying to negotiate with energy company TransCanada to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline downstream of their drinking water […]

Conservation group: Keystone XL pipeline a threat to Montana’s water – Public News Service, March 31, 2017

By Eric Tegethoff GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A conservation group in Montana on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would travel through the state and across two of its major rivers. The Trump administration approved the pipeline last week based on a 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, which conservation groups around the […]

Press release: Northern Plains lead plaintiff in lawsuit against Keystone XL presidential permit – March 30, 2017

By Northern Plains Resource Council The Northern Plains Resource Council today filed as lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The suit was filed in federal district court in Great Falls. The lawsuit has been brought with a coalition of environmental groups. Northern Plains, a Montana-based […]

Trump’s oil pipeline decisions praised, criticized in Montana – Great Falls Tribune, Jan. 26, 2017

By Karl Puckett Two major oil pipeline projects, derailed in 2015 by President Barack Obama, are back on track, with President Donald Trump signing executive actions Tuesday to advance construction. The decisions reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines prompted praise and criticism in Montana. “After years of talk and political nonsense, I couldn’t be […]