Category: News

Letter: Rules will prevent waste of methane – Billings Gazette, Jan. 31, 2017

January 30, 2017
Waste not, want not. The BLM and the EPA recently finalized two new standards that will reduce methane gas releases from oil and gas wells. Drilling for oil often unlocks deposits of methane, which get released as a waste product. Because of weak regulation, enormous amounts of methane get flared, vented, or leaked in oil fields all across the West. It might be used to generate electricity or heat homes — but instead, it’s simply wasted. The new BLM and EPA standards...
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Letter: Urge legislators to enable PACE – Billings Gazette, Jan. 29, 2017

January 30, 2017
Montana’s people deserve opportunities to invest in our properties. During this state legislative session, our legislators are going to have the opportunity to enable the "PACE" program in Montana — legislation that would make a real, tangible difference for Montana’s property owners and their wallets. PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, would open up financing options for home and business owners to fund energy efficiency upgrades, small renewable energy installations, and water conservation upgrades with private capital from banks and...
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Letter: Proposed law good for Montana’s energy future – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Jan. 28, 2017

January 30, 2017
Our 2017 Montana Legislature has an opportunity to pass PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), and we can help it cross the finish line. We’re committed to more clean energy in our communities, and PACE is a simple way to make that happen with no upfront costs! PACE provides financing from private lenders for upgrades in energy efficiency, renewable energy, or water conservation. Any home or building owner current on their property taxes will be eligible for 100 percent upfront financing...
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Guest editorial: Enable PACE for more local economic development – Helena Independent Record, Jan. 27, 2017

January 27, 2017
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 more money on utilities than they cost, over the long term, the upfront cost of these upgrades presents a challenge for many Montanans. That’s why a bipartisan coalition of cities, counties, contractors, business owners, and banks have come together...
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Proposed electric rate change gets static – Great Falls Tribune, Jan. 27, 2017

January 27, 2017
By Phil Drake HELENA — People who generate their own electricity told a Senate panel on Thursday that a proposed bill was unfair as it would let utilities pay them a wholesale net-metering price instead of a retail price for their extra energy and could hurt their investments and cost jobs. Senate Bill 78, sponsored by Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, was heard by the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. “The gives clarity to net-metering and gives guidelines to the PSC (state Public...
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Trump’s oil pipeline decisions praised, criticized in Montana – Great Falls Tribune, Jan. 26, 2017

January 27, 2017
By Karl Puckett Two major oil pipeline projects, derailed in 2015 by President Barack Obama, are back on track, with President Donald Trump signing executive actions Tuesday to advance construction. The decisions reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines prompted praise and criticism in Montana. “After years of talk and political nonsense, I couldn’t be more thrilled that President Trump has heeded my call to move forward construction of this project,” U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., a cosponsor of the original bill...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Climate change, Fossil Fuels, Landowner Rights, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas, Pipeline


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Press release: Impacted Montana rancher opposes Keystone XL pipeline – Jan. 24, 2017

January 24, 2017
Link to Final EIS The executive action can be viewed here. Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family-agriculture group based in Billings, opposes President Trump’s approval today of the Keystone tar sands pipeline. The pipeline would cross eastern Montana from Canada to South Dakota. “The Northern Plains Resource Council believes the final Environmental Impact Statement that was originally done showed that the Keystone XL pipeline fell far short of demonstrating that it would be in the...
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Letter: PACE program would help save energy – Billings Gazette, Jan. 19, 2017

January 20, 2017
Many Montanans are facing high utility bills trying to warm their homes and workplaces. Many of our homes and buildings are old or inefficient and in need of upgrades. Though these upgrades will save property owners more money on utilities than they cost over the long-term, the upfront cost of upgrades presents a financial barrier for many families and business owners. Property Assessed Clean Energy is a program that allows 100 percent upfront financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy and...
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Press release: Bakken rancher welcomes federal judge’s methane ruling – Jan. 17, 2017

January 17, 2017
By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- A Wyoming judge yesterday rejected efforts to block new standards by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would reduce the waste of natural gas on federal and tribal lands. “This is good news for people living in oil country,” said Pat Wilson, a rancher from Bainville and member of Northern Plains Resource Council. “Flaring, venting, and leaking are extremely short-sighted practices that waste an important resource, and...
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BLM report: Improve antiquated coal fees and oversight – Montana on the Ground, Jan. 11, 2017

January 12, 2017
By Laura Lundquist The Bureau of Land Management should not only require a better return on coal leases for U.S. taxpayers but also work harder to balance coal production against the growing threat of climate change, according to a new Department of the Interior report. On Wednesday, the BLM released an exhaustive report on the federal coal program, which applies to the 570 million acres of coal mineral estate owned by the federal government. In short, it calls for both government and industry...
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