Category: Plains Speaking

Eastern Montana drought teaches us to protect our sacred waters

August 9, 2017
This blog ran as the Chair's Column in the Summer 2017 Plains Truth, the voice of the Northern Plains Resource council. The drought in eastern Montana this summer reminds us, yet again, that ranchers and farmers depend on clean, reliable water sources for their livelihoods. This summer, I’ve visited with producers in Dawson, Garfield, Fergus, Petroleum, and Phillips counties; and our conversations never stray far from this latest drought. When people aren’t racing...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Climate change, Coal, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Pipeline, Plains Speaking


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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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Senate Bill 235 bad for farmers and ranchers in coal country

April 14, 2017
The legislature and Gov. Bullock need to reject Senate Bill 235. It’s bad public policy and encourages economic speculation at the expense of Montana landowners. The bill could indefinitely extend leases for taxpayer-owned minerals to coal companies who haven’t broken ground for a decade. If you aren’t mining, you shouldn’t be tying up resources on speculation. I ranch and irrigate on the Tongue River south of Miles City, and for many years, my ranch was under threat of condemnation by...
Categories: Agriculture, Coal, Plains Speaking


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On International Women’s Day, we reflect on female leadership

March 8, 2017
  Kate French Chief among the many stubborn, false ideas about the rural West is that men have always been the heroes: the cowboys, the ranchers, the warriors. But, in truth, this has never been the case because women were always there. Women were not only working the land, but also fighting for it. And in Northern Plains’ history, they weren’t simply shoulder to shoulder with the guys; they were often out front first. Helen Waller said it all with these words when...
Categories: Agriculture, Coal, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Congressional Review Act – the most dangerous law you’ve never heard of

March 2, 2017
  Working on my ranch means I spend every day enjoying what we’re blessed with as Montanans- our clean air and water, our working rural landscapes, and our unique quality of life. Montanans enjoy an unrivaled connection to the land; a connection that our rural communities depend on. I’m grateful to live in a place where often the only sounds I hear are songbirds and where being a neighbor still means something. I know that we have it lucky. But...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Coal, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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Winning against long odds

February 23, 2017
The epic battle to defeat the Tongue River Railroad and what we can learn from it today The Tongue River Railroad would have cut right through here on my place. Quite a few folks associate Northern Plains Resource Council with the Tongue River Railroad. It’s a huge part of our history – Northern Plains has been around for 44 years and we fought the damned railroad for 37 of those years. To me, the story is interesting. It has a lot...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Coal, Coal, Landowner Rights, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Northern Plains: Now more than ever

January 23, 2017
Northern Plains: Now more than ever I’ve spent the past several months in a period of reflection. And when I first started thinking about this post, it was going to be a recitation of our myriad wins this last year. But then the election happened, and people got bummed. Like, really bummed. I saw a glimmer of hope this last weekend shine through at the Montana Women’s March though. Nearly 10,000 people marched...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Good Neighbor Agreement, Homegrown Prosperity, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Representative Zinke should embrace stewardship at Interior

January 13, 2017
Note: The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has set a Tuesday, Jan. 17, confirmation hearing for Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be Secretary of the Interior. His nomination must be confirmed by the full Senate.  Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana Secretaries of the Interior are called to be public stewards. On behalf of all Americans, they oversee our great national heritage of forests, grasslands, fisheries, national parks, wildlife, waterways, and mineral wealth.  Congressman Ryan Zinke, if approved for his nomination...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Congress, Landowner Rights, Northern Plains Resource Council, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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Standing up, speaking out, and fighting for things we love

December 29, 2016
In today's uncertain political climate, many of us are thinking about how we can truly make a difference for our communities. As a long-time member of the Northern Plains Resource Council I've been fortunate to witness the many ways in which Montanans can affect how things turn out – standing up, speaking out, and fighting for the things they love about Montana. While I may not always be able to participate at this level, I can rest assured that there’s...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Coal, Good Neighbor Agreement, Homegrown Prosperity, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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A year in review

December 19, 2016
As the final weeks of 2016 are winding down, it’s time to take a breath and recall what a year it has been. While we are hunkering down for winter and preparing for all that 2017 will bring, this is the time to remember all of our wins and achievements from this year: The end of the Tongue River Railroad! After 42 years of fighting, this terrible project was shut down, much to...
Categories: Coal, Good Neighbor Agreement, Homegrown Prosperity, Plains Speaking, Tongue River Railroad, Uncategorized


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