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Press release: Impacted Montana rancher opposes Keystone XL pipeline – Jan. 24, 2017

Link to Final EIS The executive action can be viewed here. Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family-agriculture group based in Billings, opposes President Trump’s approval today of the Keystone tar sands pipeline. The pipeline would cross eastern Montana from Canada to South Dakota. “The Northern Plains Resource Council believes the final Environmental Impact […]


Letter: PACE program would help save energy – Billings Gazette, Jan. 19, 2017

Many Montanans are facing high utility bills trying to warm their homes and workplaces. Many of our homes and buildings are old or inefficient and in need of upgrades. Though these upgrades will save property owners more money on utilities than they cost over the long-term, the upfront cost of upgrades presents a financial barrier […]

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Press release: Bakken rancher welcomes federal judge’s methane ruling – Jan. 17, 2017

By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. — A Wyoming judge yesterday rejected efforts to block new standards by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would reduce the waste of natural gas on federal and tribal lands. “This is good news for people living in oil country,” said Pat Wilson, a rancher from Bainville […]


BLM report: Improve antiquated coal fees and oversight – Montana on the Ground, Jan. 11, 2017

By Laura Lundquist The Bureau of Land Management should not only require a better return on coal leases for U.S. taxpayers but also work harder to balance coal production against the growing threat of climate change, according to a new Department of the Interior report. On Wednesday, the BLM released an exhaustive report on the federal coal […]


BLM report: Federal coal program needs reforming – Public News Service, Jan. 12, 2017

WITH AUDIO By Eric Tegethoff BILLINGS, Mont. — A new report from the Bureau of Land Management highlights the many issues with the federal coal production program. The report, released Wednesday, said the way coal mines are leased on public lands is in need of reform, and the program in its current form isn’t giving taxpayers a fair […]


Press release: Western citizens welcome key report highlighting problems and solutions for federal coal program – Jan. 11, 2017

Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. – Members of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) applauded the Bureau of Land Management’s release today of a key report in its programmatic review of the federal coal program. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the review a year ago in response to calls from […]


Lease denied for proposed Washington state coal terminal – KTVQ TV, Jan. 3, 2017

WITH VIDEO By Jay Kohn KTVQ TV Jan. 3, 2017 BILLINGS – More controversy on Tuesday in the effort to build a new coal export terminal in Longview, Wash. Washington State Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark denied a sublease request by developer Millennium Bulk Terminals, in essence refusing to allow the state’s aquatic lands to be used for […]


Press release: Resource councils welcome release of Stream Protection Rule – Dec. 19, 2016

By Western Organization of Resource Councils BILLINGS, Mont. – Today, the Department of Interior and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released the final Stream Protection Rule. The rule, which is designed to prevent water degradation by utilizing the best available science and technology, marks the first national update to water protections from coal […]



Press release: Board of Oil and Gas Conservation adopts drilling notification – Dec. 14, 2016

New rule increases transparency in Montana oil industry Northern Plains Resource Council Today, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation voted 4-3 to adopt a rule requiring oil and gas operators to notify landowners within ¼ mile of a proposed oil or gas well. With the adoption of this rule, notification of neighboring landowners […]