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Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Billings

September 9, 2016
Please join us for an evening of short films that will delight the senses, inform our minds, and help us appreciate nature and the struggles to protect it.  This event is kid-friendly and open to the public so please, bring the whole family and a few friends down for an evening of inspired and engaging fun! Friday, September 9, 2016, Doors open at 6 p.m., Babcock Theatre, Billings, MT $8 advance, $10 at door click here to purchase tickets For questions, contact Sarah at 406-248-1154 or sarah@northernplains.org read more >

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Plains Speaking Blog

Coal leasing reform benefits wildlife and ranchers

By: Jim Lyon and Steve Charter

Right now the United States Department of Interior is conducting a nationwide programmatic review of the coal leasing program. There’s been a lot of conversation about ensuring that taxpayers receive fair market value from leasing royalties and reducing the climate impacts from coal emissions, but we believe much greater attention must be paid to the need to restore the wildlife habitat and agriculture lands that have been decimated by mining—as well as preventing taxpayers from having to foot the massive bill to clean up such lands.

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The Northern Plains Resource Council works to protect Montana's working landscapes, educate on environmental issues and sustainable agriculture, defend our water quality, avert the effects of climate change... Read more >

The Northern Plains Resource Council works to protect Montana's working landscapes, educate on environmental issues and sustainable agriculture, defend our water quality, avert the effects of climate change, and ensure that citizens are able to play a meaningful role in the public policies that affect their lives.

The time is now to transition away from fossil fuels, and to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy like abundant Montana wind and Montana solar resources.

Protecting family-based farming and ranching means advancing sustainable agriculture, landowner rights, water quality and conservation, and access to local foods. It means ending monopolization in the meatpacking industry and educating consumers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and how GMO foods chip away at the rights of farmers and take away consumer choice.

Montana farmers and ranchers have too often found themselves in the path of fossil fuel projects. Much of the coal that is mined in Montana, including a proposed mine at Otter Creek, is destined for the coal export market. Coal trains, like the proposed Tongue River Railroad, then haul the coal across the state, causing dust, fires, and traffic delays along the route. Past and present mines often fail to satisfy mine reclamation requirements, leaving a lasting legacy of contaminated soil and water that impedes agricultural and recreational use. Montana climate change, caused by ever increasing environmental issues, is accelerating, causing increasingly erratic weather.

Montana also has significant oil and gas reserves that can be extracted by conventional drilling, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking in Montana extracts millions of gallons of water from underground, contaminates wells and aquifers, and creates toxic waste. Protecting Montana water rights from destructive oil and gas development depends on baseline water testing to document the quality and quantity of water present prior to any development activity.

In addition to addressing environmental issues that impact Montana agriculture and climate change, Northern Plains also stands up for water rights and property rights near the Stillwater mine. Our members negotiated the Good Neighbor Agreement with the Stillwater Mining Co. to ensure the impacts of mining operations are minimized, to conserve water to the extent possible, and to carefully monitor impacts on water quality and quantity. The agreement is upheld by the Stillwater Mining Co and active members of Northern Plains who provide citizen oversight.

NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154
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