Category: Plains Speaking

BLM methane rule protects human and livestock health

May 8, 2017
Note: The U.S. Senate failed 49-51 on May 10 to rescind the BLM methane waste rule using the Congressional Review Act. This guest editorial appeared in the May 8, 2017, Billings Gazette. The U.S. Senate has been considering rolling back the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule — key protections that limit the waste of minerals — through the use of the Congressional Review Act. Now, senators have only a few more days before the time limit...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Congress, News, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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Save Board of Environmental Review; tell Gov to veto SB 337

April 25, 2017
One of the worst bills of the Montana Legislature is on its way to the Governor’s desk, and I’m hoping you’ll join me in taking action to defeat it. I’ll keep this brief so that you have more time to call. Montana’s Board of Environmental Review has some important jobs, so it’s shameful to see the progress of Senate Bill 337, sponsored by Senator Duane Ankney (R-Colstrip). SB 337 would eliminate the BER, a panel tasked with implementing the Clear...
Categories: Clean Water, Legislature, News, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking


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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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Learning how to lobby the Northern Plains way

February 1, 2017
NOTE: Alma Winberry of Great Falls participated in Northern Plains’ first Lobby Day of the 2017 session on Jan. 25. Here are her thoughts on learning to be a citizen lobbyist. A second Lobby Day is planned, on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) on Feb. 16. Click here to RSVP for the PACE Lobby Day on Feb. 16. At the Northern Plains Resource Council’s Lobby Day at the state Capitol Jan. 25, passionate Montanans found...
Categories: Legislature, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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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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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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Living near a ‘solid’ oil waste facility

October 21, 2016
It was in a letter I received from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in September 2014 that I learned that “solid waste” is a “term of art, not a description of the physical state (i.e., solid, liquid, or gas).” “Not all solid wastes are solid,” the letter continued. As I read on, I learned that: Only spills of 25 gallons or more of petroleum product is required to be reported; Neither the DEQ nor the Department of Transportation...
Categories: Agriculture, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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Out of sight, out of mind?

September 27, 2016
Most of us in Montana have never had to think much about the transportation and disposal of radioactive oil waste. I wish I could say that I’ve never had to do much thinking about it, either. But then the first radioactive oil waste disposal facility in Montana went in upstream from my ranch in 2013 and I started getting an education I never wanted. A byproduct of oil production, radioactive oil waste is perhaps the dirtiest and least-reported of the oil...
Categories: Agriculture, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking, Uncategorized


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A victory years in the making

August 11, 2016
I never expected to become a regular attendee of the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation. But that was before the winter of 2013, the year John Mork, the CEO of Energy Corporation of America, announced he “would love to bring something like the Bakken” to the area around my home in Red Lodge, Montana—the Beartooth Front. Mork’s plan was for oil and gas drilling to “fundamentally change these areas the way it has changed other areas of the United...
Categories: Landowner Rights, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking


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Victory: Carbon County protects Beartooth Front landowners

July 18, 2016
Today, WE WON!! The Carbon County Commission adopted recommendations from the Planning Board mandating baseline water testing, setback distances from homes, and dust control for all oil and gas permits issued in Carbon County. Land, water, and agriculture are protected in Carbon County, thanks to our diligent grassroots effort! The effort began nearly two and a half years ago, when the CEO of an oil and gas company from the East Coast held a press...
Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Landowner Rights, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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