Category: Northern Plains Resource Council

South African company to acquire Stillwater Mining Company for $2.2 billion – Billings Gazette Dec. 10, 2016

December 12, 2016
By Erik Olson Stillwater Mining Co. announced Friday a deal to sell to a South African mining company for $2.2 billion, which would effectively end Stillwater’s two-decade run as a publicly-traded firm. Sibanye Gold Limited agreed to pay $18 per share in cash for Columbus-based Stillwater, Montana’s largest mining company. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017. The sales price represents a 61 percent premium over Stillwater’s average sales price over the last 52 weeks and a...
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Environmentalists brace for Trump rules for fossil fuels – Billings Gazette, Dec. 2, 2016

December 2, 2016
By Tom Lutey Environmentalists from Montana to British Columbia are bracing for changes in fossil fuel policy under the Trump presidency. Representatives from three Western states and Canada said Wednesday that they expect new momentum for coal and oil shipping ports, pipelines and mining. Bozeman resident Beth Kaeding, a past chairman of the Northern Plains Resource Council, said she hoped president-elect Donald Trump wouldn’t end the federal government’s suspension of coal leasing. The Department of the Interior banned new leases earlier this...
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Letter: Is PACE the future for Montana families? – Nov. 26, 2016, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

November 29, 2016
Many of us want to see a better future for Montana’s working families. I just recently learned about Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and wanted to pass along what I know so far. PACE is a way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to existing buildings. These projects are funded by banks and investors and are repaid through property assessments over a term of up to 20 years. Why does this help families and small businesses?...
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Press release: Cattle grazing a necessary part of ecosystem, says keynote speaker – Nov. 21, 2016

November 21, 2016
Northern Plains Resource Council Despite popular myths, grazing cattle is a necessary part of maintaining the ecosystem, Nicolette Hahn Niman told about 175 people gathered Nov. 18-19 for Northern Plains Resource Council’s 45th Annual Meeting in Billings. “Overall, we must maintain grazing as a necessary force for positive environmental impacts,” she said in her keynote speech. “If you raise cattle, and other grazing animals, well, they’re actually a necessary part of our ecosystem.” Hahn Niman said one of the myths about cattle...
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U.S. moves to block mining near Yellowstone Park – Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2016

November 21, 2016
By Matt Brown U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive areas. Mining claims on 30,000 acres north of the nation's first national park would be prohibited for at least two years while a long-term ban is considered. Details were obtained by The Associated Press in advance of Monday's formal announcement by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Interior officials last week blocked...
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Want a tasty steak? Demand well-raised cattle, speaker urges – Billings Gazette, Nov. 20, 2016

November 21, 2016
By Mike Ferguson Nicolette Hahn Niman, a lawyer, author and rancher from Bolinas, Calif., jokes that she passionately argues for good grazing and animal husbandry practices because her cattle “needed a good lawyer.” Hahn Niman, who operates BN Ranch with her husband Bill, was keynote speaker Saturday for the 45th annual conference of the Northern Plains Resource Council. Some of her friends were surprised when the vegetarian married a rancher, but she said she's stuck with the dining discipline throughout their marriage. "I...
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Lessons from closing N.Y. power plant may help in Colstrip – Billings Gazette, Nov. 20, 2016

November 21, 2016
By Mike Ferguson Peter De Jesus knows firsthand the financial and employment impact that closing a coal-fired power plant can have on a community, and he shared his experiences with a crowd of about 175 people in Billings Saturday. De Jesus, senior organizer and communications director for the Western New York Area Labor Federation, told the 45th annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council that the coalition he helped form in Tonawanda, N.Y., around the closing of the Huntley Generating...
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New York labor leader brings ideas for Colstrip – KTVQ, Nov. 19, 2016

November 21, 2016
WITH VIDEO By David Jay BILLINGS - The closure of coal fired power plants in western New York may provide plans for potential closures in Colstrip. That's from a guest speaker at the Northern Plains Resource Council's annual meeting at the Northern Hotel on Saturday. Peter De Jesus, senior organizer for the Western New York Area Labor Federation, talked about corroborating. He said Tonawanda, New York, could give Colstrip a template for environmentalists, labor groups and the community working together. The group lobbied the New...
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A New York coal plant’s lessons for Colstrip – Last Best News, Nov. 17, 2016

November 17, 2016
By Ed Kemmick Compared with the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, the Huntley Generating Station in Tonawanda, N.Y., was not all that large. At its height, when all six units of the Huntley plant were operating, the power station could generate up to 598 megawatts of electricity—compared to a capacity of 2,094 megawatts at Colstrip’s four units. But the plant meant a lot to the town of Tonawanda, to the local school district and to Erie County. Even after the aging plant—the...
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Public News Service: Can cattle grazing be good for the environment? – Nov. 16, 2016

November 16, 2016
WITH AUDIO Eric Tegethoff Public News Service November 16, 2016 BILLINGS, Mont. - The ancient plains of Montana once hosted herds of animals that grazed the land. Now, cattle and other domesticated animals do that work. According to former environmental lawyer and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, the planet actually is grazed far less than it used to be. Her book "Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production" explores the benefits of raising cattle and the positive effects it can have on the land...
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