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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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Victory: Carbon County protects Beartooth Front landowners

By: Julie Holzer

Today, WE WON!! The Carbon County Commission adopted recommendations from the Planning Board mandating baseline water testing, setback distances from homes, and dust control for all oil and gas permits issued in Carbon County. Land, water, and agriculture are protected in Carbon County, thanks to our diligent grassroots effort!

The effort began nearly two and a half years ago, when the CEO of an oil and gas company from the East Coast held a press conference to announce plans to drill for oil and gas along the Beartooth Front. He proudly alluded to making our home more like the Bakken. The cameras flashed and his comments got a front page article in the Billings Gazette. Little did he know what or who he was up against.

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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.

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