Category: Oil and gas

Board of Oil and Gas Conservation initiates rulemaking to protect nearby residents – Aug. 10, 2016

August 11, 2016
Northern Plains Resource Council Today, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) voted to initiate rulemaking that, if approved, would require oil and gas developers to notify property owners within a quarter-mile of a proposed well when applying for a permit to drill. If approved, people who own neighboring buildings would have to be notified and have the opportunity to ask questions and submit comments before a well is permitted. Members of the Northern Plains Resource Council have joined with...
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News advisory: Conference to explore building diverse, resilient local economies for all Montanans

August 9, 2016
Homegrown Prosperity Conference Saturday, Sept. 10 8 - 4:30 p.m. Billings Public Library Community Room 510 N. Broadway $30 registration fee - includes local food lunch Northern Plains Resource Council is holding a one-day Homegrown Prosperity Conference on Sept. 10 in Billings. Participants will explore how we can build an economy that brings prosperity to all Montanans – including rural communities, young folks, blue-collar workers, and Native peoples. Participants will leave not only inspired to build the new Montana economy, but also more connected to others who want to bring...
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Letter: Coal industry must adhere to appropriate rules – Billings Gazette, Aug. 6, 2016

August 8, 2016
Communities and miners in Montana and across the West are dealing with the fallout from the coal industry’s ongoing economic meltdown. It could be a while before it’s clear what the industry will look like in the long term. Major coal mining companies are going bankrupt. There is a glut now of oil and gas with production costs lower than coal. Solar and wind energy is being developed at a significant pace and the technology continues to improve the cost. Even...
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Press release: Tim Fox panned over methane rule lawsuit – Aug. 2, 2016

August 2, 2016
By Northern Plains Resource Council Today, the Montana Attorney General filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the EPA’s final New Source Performance Standards for the oil and gas industry. The suit attempts to block the standards which limit methane and other air pollution from newly drilled or modified oil and gas wells. The Northern Plains Resource Council, a Billings-based conservation and family agriculture group, supports the New Source Performance Standards as an important...
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Letter: Radioactive oil waste threatens Montana – Billings Gazette, Aug. 2, 2016

August 2, 2016
Since the height of the recent oil boom, Montana Department of Environmental Quality has been allowing a landfill in eastern Montana to accept radioactive oil waste, mainly, if not all, from North Dakota. It opened in June 2013, primarily as a result of the then-difference in North Dakota and Montana radioactivity waste limits — North Dakota's being 5 and Montana's being 30. With no federal agency regulating oil and gas byproducts, leaving tracking and handling up to states, and...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Landowner Rights, News, Oil and gas


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Red Tractor Pizza a part of farm-to-table movement

July 27, 2016
As a part of this July’s Montana Local Food Challenge, this week’s blog features an interview with Adam Paccione, who co-owns Red Tractor Pizza with Tiffany Lach (see Tiffany’s interview). Red Tractor is a sponsor of the Challenge. Be sure to check them out the next time you’re in Bozeman. Where are you from, what brought you to Montana? What got you interested in working in food service? What was your first restaurant experience like? I'm from Massena, New York,  a...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Food, News, Plains Speaking


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Letter: Montana needs new oil, gas waste rules – July 24, 2016

July 25, 2016
Our neighbors in North Dakota have recently enacted new rules to comprehensively track and regulate the disposal of oil and gas waste of up to 50 picocuries per gram of radium. In late 2015, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality raised our state’s radioactivity limit — without taking any public comment — to 50 as well. Coupled with the fact that no North Dakota disposal facilities have amended permits to accept waste up to 50 picocuries, this effectively results...
Categories: Clean Water, Letters, News, Oil and gas


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Letter: Climate changes bigger threat than terrorism – Billings Gazette, July 23, 2016

July 25, 2016
No one who has listened or watched our national media is unaware of how powerful fear is as a factor in American politics. Donald Trump appeals to our fear of Muslims and immigrants. Hillary Clinton assures us that her experience will keep us safe. Great Britain, France, and South and North Korea all remind us that the “other” is out to get us. The so-called Islamic State continues to terrorize the world claiming “credit” for attacks in Paris, Nice...
Categories: Clean Energy, Climate change, Letters, News


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Carbon County requires distance between oil wells, homes – Billings Gazette, July 7, 2016

July 19, 2016
By Tom Lutey Homeowners demanding distance from oil drilling declared victory in Montana in Carbon County, where wells can no longer be closer to homes than 750 feet. The Carbon County Commission added the distance to its growth policy. Homeowners said the space was needed to protect the water of homeowners living with oil and gas development. The setbacks were first sought more than two years ago when Energy Corp. of America began drilling along the front range of the Beartooth Mountains....
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Press release: Carbon County approves countywide landowner protections from oil and gas development – July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016
RED LODGE, Mont. – In a victory for private property rights, Carbon County Commissioners today approved a resolution to protect water resources and landowners from being harmed by oil and gas development. The new protections are part of Carbon County’s Development Regulations, and give landowners the right to receive baseline water testing, a 750-foot minimum distance (or “setbacks”) of oil and gas development from homes, and dust control on roads. These regulations have not been updated since 1989 and follow...
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