Category: Northern Plains Resource Council

Press release: Wild & Scenic Film Festivals set for three cities in September – Aug. 21, 2017

August 21, 2017
Billings, Gardiner and Miles City are the sites for three Wild and Scenic Film Festivals in September. Northern Plains Resource Council, conservation and family agriculture group, is hosting short films that will inform, inspire, and entertain. This will be the first Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Miles City! 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 engaging fun! You can purchase tickets online. A description...
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New NAFTA must help workers, family farms, environment

August 16, 2017
As talks begin in renegotiating NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), it is undeniable that the trade pact has been a disaster for working people, communities and the environment in the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than two decades, the deal has prioritized corporate profits while offshoring jobs, eroding working-class wages, displacing family farmers, fueling forced migration, increasing medicine costs, rendering food unsafe, polluting our air and water and destabilizing...
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More delicious ways to complete the Montana Local Food Challenge – Lee Montana Newspapers, Aug. 16, 2017

August 16, 2017
By Bernie Mason This is the third week of the Montana Local Food Challenge, sponsored by the Northern Plains Resource Council, and you are encouraged to find new ways to support our Montana producers and the businesses that feature local foods. A “local food” is defined as any Montana product, if the majority of the ingredients were grown or processed in Montana and the business is Montana owned. When searching the Local Food Challenge website you will find a varied selection of...
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Colstrip ash pond cleanup will cost $138 million, Talen Energy estimates – Billings Gazette, Aug. 16, 2017

August 16, 2017
By Tom Lutey Talen Energy has put a $138 million price tag on capping Colstrip Power Plant’s toxic coal ash ponds. The co-owner and operator of the southeast Montana coal-fired power plant submitted the required estimates earlier this month to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. Capping the ash ponds is only one portion of a three-stage cleanup plan, and likely the cheapest of the three. It’s estimated that every year 200 million gallons of contaminated water seeps from the ash ponds...
Categories: Clean Water, Coal, Coal ash, News


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Sudden droughts, wildfires are vision of Montana’s future, says state climatologist – Yellowstone Public Radio, Aug. 15, 2017

August 15, 2017
By Nate Hegyi A smoke-filled August sky is nothing new for Montanans, but this summer seems particularly bad. And now a state climatologist is saying people here better get used to it -- wildfires and sudden droughts could be the new normal. If you’re wondering what climate change will look like in Montana, state climatologist Kelsey Jencso says take a look outside. “This is certainly what the future may look like,” he says. Extreme fires, flash droughts, and melting snowpack are all predicted...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Climate change, Coal, Congress, Fossil Fuels, News


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These recipes make Local Food Challenge a pleasure – Lee Montana Newspapers, Aug. 9, 2017

August 10, 2017
By Bernie Mason Montanans are being encouraged to take the “Local Food Challenge” for the month of August. The Northern Plains Resource Council is hosting the second annual event during which participants will try to eat something local every day. Eating local brings myriad benefits: Providing fresher, more nutritious, and better tasting foods; Building communities and local economics; Supporting family farms and ranches; Protecting genetic diversity and regional food security. Jeanne Lemire Dahlman, a Northern Plains spokesperson and a family farm/ranch partner...
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Guest opinion: The red state with an energy blueprint – The Hill, Aug. 7, 2017

August 10, 2017
By Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) Renewable energy is at a crossroads. I visited the White House in June to present Iowa’s renewable energy successes and share the importance of energy innovation with President Trump. Right now, the reliability of the electric grid with renewable energy increases is under review. But I believe Iowa is a red state with a blueprint for the United States’ next steps. Iowa didn’t become an energy powerhouse by accident. Back in...
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Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

August 9, 2017
This blog ran as the Chair's Column in the Summer 2017 Plains Truth, the voice of the Northern Plains Resource council. The drought in eastern Montana this summer reminds us, yet again, that ranchers and farmers depend on clean, reliable water sources for their livelihoods. This summer, I’ve visited with producers in Dawson, Garfield, Fergus, Petroleum, and Phillips counties; and our conversations never stray far from this latest drought. When people aren’t racing...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Climate change, Coal, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Pipeline, Plains Speaking


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Letter: Free trade not always free for us – Billings Gazette, Aug 4, 2017

August 8, 2017
All you hear nowadays is that we should have free trade. “Free” trade is often not free trade. Since the United States has signed all these treaties (NAFTA is just one of them), our country has grown a big money deficit when before we had a good surplus. Who benefits from signing these treaties? It is not you or I, nor is it our producers, U.S. manufacturers or taxpayers, which are all individuals. Our consumers benefit a little by buying some...
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Press release: Trump administration reopens fossil fuel revenue loophole, cuts funds for coal counties – Aug. 7, 2017

August 7, 2017
Press release: Family farm and ranch groups decry bad deal for affected communities BILLINGS, Mont. - The Office of Natural Resources Revenue published a final rule today in the Federal Register to repeal the fossil fuel valuation rule set by the Obama administration. In response, rancher Steve Charter, of Shepherd, Mont., released the following on behalf of the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Western Organization of Resource Councils. “It’s now clear who wins and who...
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NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
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Billings, Montana 59101
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