Category: Northern Plains Resource Council

Press statement – Trump climate order is a bad deal for Western communities, March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017
By Western Organization of Resource Councils Leaders of Western family agriculture and conservation groups reacted to today’s Executive Order from the White House that seeks to roll back the Clean Power Plan and other policies to address climate change, the pause on federal coal leasing, and standards that prevent oil and gas drillers from wasting methane by venting, flaring and leaks. Clean Power Plan In response to the Executive Order and the Administration’s plan to ignore the threat that climate change poses...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Climate change, Fossil Fuels, Landowner Rights, News, Northern Plains Resource Council


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Press release: Rural Montana residents oppose Presidential Permit for Keystone XL – March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017
MP3 recording of Dena Hoff quotes>> Northern Plains Resource Council Yellowstone River farmers and members of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation oppose the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline through eastern Montana. The Trump Administration signed the permit this morning. “There have been so many pipeline leaks everywhere that to think it's not going to happen here, is just sticking your head in the sand," said Dena Hoff, a spokesperson for Northern Plains Resource...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Landowner Rights, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas


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Don’t cede control over Montana seed, oppose SB 155

March 20, 2017
In direct contradiction to Montana values, the state Senate passed a bill last week that will completely eliminate local control over one of our most valuable natural resources: seed. Senate Bill 155, sponsored by Sen. Mike Lang, R-Malta, takes away the rights of farming communities with sweeping language that preempts local decision-making power. It’s an unnecessary corporate solution in search of a problem, and should be soundly rejected by the Legislature and Gov. Steve Bullock. Proponents say that SB 155 is...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Food, Landowner Rights, News, Plains Speaking


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Letter: Killing stream rule hurt ranchers – Billings Gazette, March 14, 2017

March 14, 2017
As a longtime rancher north of Billings, water supply has been the 70-year struggle for my ranch. We must protect the water we have. In the Bull Mountains I rely on a combination of wells and natural springs to water livestock. And like other nearby operations, my ranch is currently being undermined — literally — by a coal mine using long-wall machines that allow more efficient mining, but drop the land 10 feet causing surface disruptions, impairing aquifers, subsiding recharge areas...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Congress, Landowner Rights, News


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Letter: Oppose exemption for multiple wells – Billings Gazette, March 12, 2017

March 13, 2017
House Bill 339, which is being considered in the Legislature, revises the current laws related to exempt appropriations of water. It is disappointing this bill completely ignores the 2016 Supreme Court ruling invalidating the "exempt well loophole." Instead, it changes the language that the court rejected and will allow the drilling of multiple exempt wells with no consideration for aquifer draw down, stream flows, or senior water rights that are important to all of us, especially the ranching and...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Landowner Rights, Legislature, Letters, News


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Guest opinion: PACE can power up Montana economy – Billings Gazette, March 11, 2017

March 13, 2017
By Jay Cederberg This winter, many of Montana’s families and businesses are facing high utility bills resulting from old or inefficient homes and buildings that are in need of upgrades. While improvements like more insulation or a more efficient boiler could save property owners money on utilities over the long term, the upfront cost of these upgrades is a challenge for many Montanans. That’s why a bipartisan coalition of cities, counties, contractors, business owners, and banks have come together around a...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Legislature, News


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Letter: Urge legislators to support PACE bill – Missoulian, March 8, 2017

March 8, 2017
In order to better serve building owners and to provide lots of jobs in energy efficiency, High Plains Architects urges the Montana Legislature to pass PACE-enabling legislation, Senate Bill 330. Many of us are aware that energy-efficiency is one of the best investments available, as the utility savings can be far greater than the cost of the efficiency project. Additionally, these projects provide better comfort and reduced maintenance costs. However, despite these benefits, many businesses and homeowners aren’t taking advantage of...
Categories: Clean Energy, Legislature, Letters, News


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Press release: Zinke confirmation puts coal industry in control of Interior Department – March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017
As Congressman, Ryan Zinke pushed dead-end coal export proposals despite unprecedented local, tribal opposition By Power Past Coal SEATTLE - Today’s confirmation of Ryan Zinke to head President Trump’s Department of the Interior puts one of the most outspoken advocates of coal export proposals in control of 500 million acres of public land, including coal deposits and mines throughout the nation. The U.S. Senate confirmed Administrator Zinke as Secretary of the Interior today. As Secretary of the...
Categories: Clean Energy, Clean Water, Climate change, Coal, Congress, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council


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Letter: Urge yes vote on solar bill – Billings Gazette, Feb. 28, 2017

February 28, 2017
Montana has not kept up with other states regarding solar energy. We can change that by calling or writing our state legislators and urging them to vote "yes" on House Bill 504. Call 406-444-4800 to leave a message for your legislator. You can also send a message at leg.mt.gov. HB 504, the Solar Jobs and Energy Freedom Act, would give Montanans access to affordable solar energy, create jobs and increase Montana’s energy independence. The price of rooftop solar has dropped...
Categories: Clean Energy, Legislature, Letters, News


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Press release: Northern Plains says Pruitt wrong choice to lead EPA, Feb. 17, 2017

February 17, 2017
By Northern Plains Resource Council In response to today’s United States Senate vote to approve the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to run the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Northern Plains Resource Council has the following statement: “Today, the Senate made the wrong choice for Montanans as well as Americans,” said Kate French, Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council and a Bozeman resident. “From asbestos in Libby to air pollution in Billings, Montanans have...
Categories: Clean Energy, Clean Water, Climate change, Congress, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas


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