Category: Plains Speaking

Still waiting for DEQ rules at Montana’s radioactive dump

June 8, 2017
I’m a rancher near Glendive, and I live just downstream from Montana’s first radioactive oil waste facility. What’s radioactive oil waste? During the drilling process, radioactive material buried within the earth is brought to the surface. Oil and gas producers end up not only with oil and natural gas, but also with radioactive produced water, sludge, filter socks, and even radioactive pipes and processing equipment. It’s not the product they bargained for. It’s also a particularly...
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Take advice this weekend from the best stewards of the land

June 6, 2017
Ranchers are traditionally some of the best stewards of the land. On average, they do more for water, grasslands, and wildlife conservation than any other property owners in the West. A professor of mine recently reiterated this fact during a lecture, and some of my classmates were vocally skeptical of such a claim. It’s understandable, I guess. For a number of decades, the dominant narrative in some environmental circles was that only certain types of human use of the land...
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For conservationists, vetoes took sting out of dim session – Last Best News, June 1, 2017

June 5, 2017
By Ed Kemmick Last Best News June 1, 2017 A legislative scorecard released this week by one of the state’s major conservation groups paints a stark picture of the partisan divide in Helena. The Northern Plains Resource Council, based in Billings, tallied votes on seven pieces of legislation considered important by its members. With the state House and Senate both controlled by Republican majorities during the recently concluded 2017 Legislature, it perhaps wasn’t surprising that the NPRC was on the losing...
Categories: Clean Energy, Clean Water, Coal, Legislature, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas


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Bullock, Northern Plains criticize Trump decision to leave Paris accord – Great Falls Tribune, June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017
HELENA —  In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock and others criticized President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris Agreement. “Ask any Montana farmer, rancher, hunter, angler or skier – climate change is real and poses a threat to our economy and our way of life,” Bullock said in a news release. “To not acknowledge that or deal with it in a responsible way is short-sighted and dangerous. In Montana, and...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Climate change, Coal, Congress, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas


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Press release: Montana group condemns Trump’s pulling U.S. out of Paris climate accord – June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017
MP3 audio recording of Steve Charter By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont -- President Donald Trump today announced he has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Under the 2015 accord, the United States had pledged to cut greenhouse gas pollution by about 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. For the power sector, withdrawal from the Paris accord could signal reduced pressure to cut carbon pollution over the next few decades. “Montanans are in...
Categories: Clean Energy, Climate change, Coal, Congress, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas


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Legislative Scorecard: Northern Plains rates Montana lawmakers on key issues – May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017
Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture group based in Montana, has released its Legislative Scorecard. The publication rates legislators on key issues important to Northern Plains members, such as protecting our family agriculture, clean water, and access to clean energy. “In the 2017 Montana Legislature, members of Northern Plains Resource Council came within a whisker of getting Property Assessed Clean Energy (or PACE) through the Session, only to have it killed by...
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Legislative Scorecard: Knudsen fried our bacon, Governor saved it

May 30, 2017
The 65th Montana Legislature is in the books and we all survived. The tragic comedy that is the Montana Legislature was filled with highs, lows, embarrassments, and downright awkward moments. Once again, Northern Plains and our members worked tirelessly to defeat the detrimental and irrational policies that were brought forward by a segment of our state’s legislators, but the biggest hurdle throughout the session were the highhanded parliamentary tricks by the Speaker of the...
Categories: Clean Energy, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Coal, Coal, Legislature, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking, Uncategorized


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Press release: Ranchers tell USDA ‘no’ to mandatory animal ID – May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017
Northern Plains Resource Council The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) came to Billings today to get feedback from ranchers on the 2013 Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program. Many ranchers from across the region said there is no need for expanding identification for feeder cattle. “This should be a question of disease prevention and preparation, not a question of identification” said Gilles Stockton, a spokesperson for Northern Plains Resource Council...
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Press release: Rancher, group celebrate Senate’s failure to overturn methane waste rule – May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017
By Northern Plains Resource Council A Montana conservation and family farm group were celebrating the failure today of the U.S. Senate to overturn the Bureau of Land Management Methane and Waste Prevention rule. The BLM protections reduces the wasteful venting, flaring and leaking of methane during oil and gas drilling operations, saving taxpayers money, creating energy, and protecting the air of oil field communities. “Wasting gas is an extremely short-sighted practice that not only takes potential...
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New owner of Stillwater Mine must remain a good neighbor – Montana on the Ground blog, May 9, 2017

May 10, 2017
By Laura Lundquist Last week’s purchase of the Stillwater Mining Company puts one more Montana mine in foreign hands. Fortunately, a citizen-crafted agreement will keep the new company from being environmentally irresponsible. On May 4, the Stillwater Mining Company finalized about six months of negotiations and agreed to sell $2.2 billion worth of assets to Sibanye Gold Limited, a South African gold mining company. The buyout helped Stillwater transfer $500 million worth of debt it had accumulated since the 2008 recession. Headquartered in Littleton,...
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