Category: Oil and gas

After four years of concerns, Montana DEQ drafts radioactive waste rules – Public News Service, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017
HAS AUDIO Eric Tegethoff HELENA, Mont. – After more than four years of urging, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has released draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. Since 2013, the Oaks Disposal facility near Glendive has been the destination for more than 250,000 tons of radioactive waste, mostly from North Dakota. The Northern Plains Resource Council has been raising concerns since the facility opened about the lack of oversight and potential devastation it could wreak on farmers if...
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Montana moves to regulate radioactive oilfield waste sites – Billings Gazette, Aug. 24, 2017

August 24, 2017
By Matt Hudson Extraction companies have always known exactly what to do with the fossil fuels pulled out of the Bakken formation. But early in the boom, no one really knew what to do with the tons of radioactive waste that drillers produced. “Couple of municipal landfills started getting materials coming in from the landfill,” said Scott Radig, who retired earlier this year as director of waste management for the North Dakota Department of Health. “And they really weren’t set up to...
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Billings city council candidate forums set for this weekend – Last Best News, Aug. 24, 2017

August 24, 2017
By Ed Kemmick BILLINGS - If you’ve been wanting more information on the people running for municipal office in Billings this fall, you’re in luck. Several organizations are sponsoring a series of forums for City Council and mayoral candidates, set for this weekend in a variety of city parks, and Community Seven Television is airing a series of 30-minute interviews with all the candidates. A primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, and the top two candidates in each race will...
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Press release: State releases long-awaited radioactive oil waste disposal rules – Aug. 22, 2017

August 22, 2017
Take action! Sign today, and show Seth you stand with eastern Montana.     Link to DEQ draft radioactive oil waste rules and hearings schedule: http://deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/dir/legal/hearing By Northern Plains Resource Council GLENDIVE, Mont. – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) last week published draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the State of Montana. Northern Plains Resource Council members, many of whom are farmers, ranchers, and landowners whose water could be affected, have urged the...
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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...
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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...
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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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