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The Montana Grassroots Power Institute: Public Speaking Training — Billings

January 20, 2018
The Montana Grassroots Power Institute Skills for Moving the Dial in our Democracy Brought to you by the League of Rural Voters and Northern Plains Resource Council Develop your message! Give a killer interview! Work with press! Gives speeches that move people! Testify more effectively! Are you looking to develop your public speaking skills? Join us for the chance to learn and practice. Renowned public speaker and former Billings Mayor, Chuck Tooley will be a trainer and share tips and tricks to make you a better public speaker. Lunch will be provided at no additional cost! Saturday, January 20 9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Billings Food Bank 2112 4th Ave. N. Cost: $25 for Northern Plains/MLRV members, or $50 for... read more >

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Keystone XL: A nightmare before Christmas, or a spark to light a fire for homegrown prosperity?

“We have to protect this land,” Whitehead, said at the rally. “Right now we are trying to protect in northeastern Montana, 3,200 miles of [ASRWSS] pipeline, using our treaty rights and our water compact of the Assiniboine and Sioux nation.” Whitehead continued, “There’s a lot of things that we can look at in terms of commonality. And water affects us all. We all need water in order to survive.”

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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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