PRESS RELEASE: Montanans prepare for Local Food Challenge this August

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. – Northern Plains Resource Council is hosting the fourth annual Montana Local Food Challenge. This August, participants are encouraged to eat something local every day of the month, participate in weekly challenges, and compete for weekly prizes. Local foods build local communities and local economies, support farm […]


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PRESS RELEASE: Conservation Groups Seek to Join Wyoming Suit Over Coal, Oil, Gas Revenue

Groups aim to ensure companies pay a fair return for taxpayer-owned minerals FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2019 Cheyenne, Wyo.— Five conservation groups moved today to intervene in a lawsuit to preserve the 2016 Valuation Rule, a set of federal requirements requiring fossil fuel companies to pay full royalties when extracting publicly owned minerals. The […]


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PRESS RELEASE: Events celebrate historic Soda Butte Creek cleanup

Once-polluted stream is first to be removed from Montana’s Impaired Waters List FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2019 SILVER GATE, Mont. – Soda Butte Creek is the first stream polluted by mining ever to be removed from Montana’s Impaired Waters List. A celebration of this achievement takes place today with events in Cooke City and Silver Gate. For years, […]


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PRESS RELEASE: Montana rancher testifies before U.S. House Subcommittee on federal coal reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee held an oversight hearing on “The Future of the Federal Coal Program” to consider reform of the Department of the Interior coal leasing program. The Subcommittee heard testimony from four expert witnesses including Steve Charter, a rancher from Shepherd, MT and member of the Northern […]



PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains launches new legal challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline approval

Trump administration violated National Environmental Policy Act and Clean Water Act by approving controversial tar sands pipeline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2019 Great Falls, MT— Northern Plains Resource Council joined a coalition of conservation groups in filing a federal lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ illegal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to […]


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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 […]