Rosebud Protective Association

Rosebud Protective Association along with ranchers from the Bull Mountains got together to form Northern Plains in 1972 because of concerns about expanding coal development. We organize in the Colstrip and Forsyth areas on coal issues, including addressing the leaking coal ash ponds at the Colstrip power plant.

We were instrumental in fighting the Colstrip power plants in the ’70s and ’80s. Since then, we have tackled agriculture issues, the Tongue River Railroad, coal bed methane, and of course, coal issues surrounding the mine and power plant in the Colstrip area.

Leaking Coal Ash Ponds

Leaking Coal Ash Ponds

The coal ash storage ponds at the Colstrip Power Plant have been leaking for over 30 years! The seepage from the ponds has damaged surface and groundwater for home and landowners in the vicinity. We are working state agencies and commenting on federal rules to address the problem.



Farming and ranching in southeast Montana has been a tradition for generations. We are working to ensure the land and water are protected so that we pass them on to future generations unimpaired.



Clint McRae

Sharon Dinstel

Kim McRae

Northern Plains Board Representative
Clint McRae

Northern Plains Field Organizer
Alex Cunha (406) 248-1154