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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 […]


Billings Gazette opinion: Montana oil and gas drillers should give notice to neighbors – Dec. 14, 2016

Dec. 14, 2016 Montanans place a high value on their right to know what their government is doing. The Montana Board of Oil and Gas has the opportunity at its meeting today in Billings to ensure that owners of “occupied structures” receive written notice before the board permits drilling within a quarter mile of the […]


‘Good Neighbor Agreement’ to survive Stillwater sale, conservation group says – Montana Public Radio, Dec. 9, 2016

WITH AUDIO A Montana conservation group says it expects a special environmental protection agreement it signed with Stillwater Mining to remain in effect after the sale of the company, which was finalized today. In 2000, previous company owners signed a “good neighbor agreement” with Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council. The agreement lays out specific environmental […]


South African company to acquire Stillwater Mining Company for $2.2 billion – Billings Gazette Dec. 10, 2016

By Erik Olson Stillwater Mining Co. announced Friday a deal to sell to a South African mining company for $2.2 billion, which would effectively end Stillwater’s two-decade run as a publicly-traded firm. Sibanye Gold Limited agreed to pay $18 per share in cash for Columbus-based Stillwater, Montana’s largest mining company. The deal is expected to […]


Environmentalists brace for Trump rules for fossil fuels – Billings Gazette, Dec. 2, 2016

By Tom Lutey Environmentalists from Montana to British Columbia are bracing for changes in fossil fuel policy under the Trump presidency. Representatives from three Western states and Canada said Wednesday that they expect new momentum for coal and oil shipping ports, pipelines and mining. Bozeman resident Beth Kaeding, a past chairman of the Northern Plains […]


Letter: Is PACE the future for Montana families? – Nov. 26, 2016, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Many of us want to see a better future for Montana’s working families. I just recently learned about Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and wanted to pass along what I know so far. PACE is a way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to existing buildings. These projects are funded by […]

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Press release: Cattle grazing a necessary part of ecosystem, says keynote speaker – Nov. 21, 2016

Northern Plains Resource Council Despite popular myths, grazing cattle is a necessary part of maintaining the ecosystem, Nicolette Hahn Niman told about 175 people gathered Nov. 18-19 for Northern Plains Resource Council’s 45th Annual Meeting in Billings. “Overall, we must maintain grazing as a necessary force for positive environmental impacts,” she said in her keynote […]