Category: Northern Plains Resource Council

Otter Creek coal mine proposal stalls before it started – Public News Service, March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016
With audio Suzanne Potter HELENA, Mont. - In what ranchers and conservation groups are calling a big victory, Arch Coal announced Thursday that it is dropping its bid to build the proposed Otter Creek mine project - and that means the associated Tongue River Railroad is dead as well. Local ranchers and conservation advocates at the Northern Plains Resource Council have been fighting both projects since 2010. Otter Creek was the largest proposed coal strip mine in the country and would have affected...
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Ranchers welcome Arch Coal’s suspension of Otter Creek coal mine permit – March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016
By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont -- At 10 a.m. Mountain Time today, Arch Coal posted a news release on its website announcing that it is suspending efforts to secure a mining permit for the proposed Otter Creek Mine. Otter Creek was the largest proposed new coal strip mine in the nation; it would have stripped approximately 18,000 acres of productive ranch land in southeastern Montana to export coal to Asian electricity markets. “The writing...
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Rancher reax to Arch Coal asking to suspend Otter Creek coal mine permit – March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016
By Northern Plains Resource Council Dawson Dunning “It was only a matter of time before this project collapsed. All of us in Montana are fortunate that it collapsed before this gigantic mine opened up and a productive ranching valley was destroyed,” said Dawson Dunning, a Northern Plains member whose family has ranched on Otter Creek for over a century. “The writing was on the wall.” Local ranchers have worried about this for years. It’s important to them that clean water is protected...
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Letter: Tell Zinke to vote no on TPP trade deal – Billings Gazette, March 5, 2016

March 9, 2016
The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is our worst nightmare that nobody is talking about. The TPP is a deal with 40 percent of the global economy for the 1 percent to get richer, and the rest of us to fall to the bottom of the barrel. If you want proof that the TPP was written to benefit corporate interests, just look at the negotiation process. The trade agreement was deliberated for seven years behind closed doors between the U.S. and...
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Montana conservation group fights methane waste at BLM hearing – Public News Service, March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016
By Suzanne Potter DICKINSON, N.D. - Montana conservation advocates are pushing for stronger rules on flaring and venting of methane gas, speaking out on Thursday at a Bureau of Land Management hearing in Dickinson. The BLM's proposed rules would require oil and gas companies to limit the amount of methane they flare, vent or leak into the atmosphere on federal or tribal land, and on private land where the BLM holds mineral rights. The BLM has estimated that enough gas is...
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Letter: Trans-Pacific Partnership would harm Montana – Billings Gazette, Feb. 29, 2016

February 29, 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will be voted on by Montana's congressmen very soon. Montanans are being presented with an important question. Should we support international corporations or should we support Montanans like you and me? The TPP is a “trade agreement” full of secret government regulations, forged by international businessmen, who care only for their own stock portfolios, and corrupt politicians, who care only for businessmen’s wallets. Do those two sets of people have Montana’s best interests at heart? When the Trans-Pacific...
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Report says climate change will cut farm, ranch earnings – Great Falls Tribune, Feb. 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
By Great Falls Tribune A new report highlights economic threats faced by Montana’s farmers and ranchers as average temperatures rise and growing conditions change. The report, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Montana’s Agriculture Economy,” was completed for the Great Falls-based Montana Farmers Union, a 100-year-old statewide farmers group. “You have to know what you’re facing, and you need education from somewhere, which is why we’ve done some research to help people plan,” said Chris Christiaens, project specialist and lobbyist for the...
Categories: Agriculture, Climate change, Fossil Fuels, News


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Press release on poll: Montanans ready for new economy in food, energy – Feb. 23, 2016

February 23, 2016
By Northern Plains Resource Council A recent scientific poll commissioned by Northern Plains Resource Council found that Montanans are ready for an economy powered by new energy sources and promoting regional agricultural. Only 15% of Montanans believe that the transition to renewable energy will have a negative effect on jobs, while 77% believe it will have a positive or neutral effect. The survey was created by Professor Michaël Aklin of the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Political Science, and 705 randomly selected...
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Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in Powder River Basin – Associated Press, Feb. 23, 2016

February 23, 2016
By Matt Brown Vast coal seams dozens of feet thick that lie beneath the rolling hills of the Northern Plains once appeared almost limitless, fueling boasts that domestic reserves were sufficient to power the U.S. for centuries. But an exhaustive government analysis says that at current prices and mining rates the country's largest coal reserves, located along the Montana-Wyoming border, will be tapped out in just a few decades. The finding by the U.S. Geological Survey upends conventional wisdom on the lifespan...
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Off the rails: Tongue River Railroad and Otter Creek coal – Mountain West News, Feb. 18, 2016

February 19, 2016
Will the ‘dreadful’ global coal market kill the Tongue River Railroad and the massive Montana mine it would serve? By Matthew Frank It recently occurred to attorney Jack Tuholske that 2016 marks his 20th year litigating against the Tongue River Railroad, a proposed spur partly following the river for which it’s named that would reach massive coal tracts underlying southeastern Montana’s Otter Creek Valley. Of course Tuholske, who represents the Montana-based Northern Plains Resource Council, doesn’t see the anniversary as cause for...
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