Oil and Gas
We work to ensure the long term health of Montana by protecting our air & water, putting agriculture & ranching community interests above oil and gas profits, and empowering communities to guide development.
We have nothing without clean water.– Dena Hoff, Farmer Threatened by Keystone XL Pipeline
Radioactive Oil Field Waste Disposal
Oil field waste products can contain low concentrations of naturally-occurring radioactive materials. However, oil field waste is exempt from national legislation regulating solid and hazardous waste, leaving the safe disposal of radioactive oil field waste up to individual states.
Northern Plains members are pushing the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to develop rules to govern the safe disposal of radioactive oil field waste. Despite having a radioactive oil field waste disposal facility currently in operation in the state, Montana has no formal rules governing this dangerous waste stream.
After over four years of neighbors of this oil field waste disposal facility bringing concerns to the DEQ, draft rules were finally published in late 2017. Nearly 800 Northern Plains members sent comments to the DEQ on this draft rule. As these rules move toward finalization in 2018, our members continue to advocate for strong water and landowner protections.
Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone XL pipeline, approved on March 24th, poses a real threat to two of Montana’s most iconic and critical waterways—the Missouri and the Yellowstone Rivers—along with dozens of smaller rivers and streams that would be crossed along its path.
When our water is threatened, so are our communities and our ways of life.
Supporting Air Pollution Protections
Since 2013, Northern Plains has been supporting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Environmental Protective Agency’s (EPA) efforts to develop federal rules to limit dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.
Fighting for Landowner Protections
Our members work at the Montana legislature, with the Board of Oil & Gas Conservation, and at the county level for basic landowner protections that put community interests above oil and gas profits and empower communities to guide development.
In 2016, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation added notification of adjacent building owners as a requirements for companies proposing to drill an oil or gas well in Montana. This new landowner protection only became a reality because Northern Plains members persistently requested more, and earlier, information of oil and gas drilling plans be provided to people living nearby.