PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains Resource Council responds to Governor Bullock’s climate plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2019 HELENA, Mont. – Today, Governor Steve Bullock announced an agenda for the state of Montana to address climate change during a “Facebook Live Town Hall” streamed on the social media platform. Becky Mitchell, the chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, responded to the Governor’s proposal with the following statement on behalf of the […]


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PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains Resource Council responds to Trump carbon rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. — Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final carbon rule for the U.S. power industry which diminishes many of the air quality protections found in the Obama-era Clean Power Plan it replaces. Northern Plains Resource Council member, Mark Fix, a Miles rancher along the Tongue River, issued the following statement on behalf of Northern Plains: “This […]


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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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Gazette Opinion: Another costly de-reg bill for Montanans – Billings Gazette, Feb. 27, 2019

Getting a tax increase through the Montana Legislature usually is an uphill, nearly impossible battle. Yet the Montana Senate’s Energy Committee last week rushed to approve legislation that could impose millions of dollars in costs on NorthWestern Energy customers for decades. Senate Bill 278 proposes to abolish regulations that require NorthWestern Energy to justify costs […]



Press Release: U.S. Senate passes permanent protections for Paradise Valley

Legislation bolstered by statewide grassroots organizing FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. – The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, drafted by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and eventually supported by Montana’s entire congressional delegation, was passed on the floor of the United States Senate today. The bill is part of a broad public lands package, the Natural […]


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Livingston Enterprise: City expresses support for clean energy legislation

by Johnathan Hettinger, Enterprise Staff Writer January 29, 2019 The city of Livingston expressed its support for a state bill that would help commercial properties transition to clean energy. The Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy Act would allow commercial property owners to get 100 percent upfront financing to do things like upgrade HVAC systems, LED lighting, […]



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 […]

Press Release: Grassroots awareness campaign nears victory for permanent protection of Paradise Valley, Yellowstone River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2018 Northern Plains Resource Council successfully pressures Montana congressional delegation to pass Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act Billings, MT – The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, drafted by Senator Jon Tester, was passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today after a House version introduced by Representative Greg Gianforte passed out of the […]


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