Category: Plains Speaking

We need health protections from unrestricted methane gas waste

July 21, 2017
The following is the testimony that Sue Beug, a member of Carbon County Resource Council and a Northern Plains leader on oil and gas issues, gave July 10 at an EPA hearing in Washington, D.C. My name is Susann Beug and I live in Red Lodge, Montana. I am also part owner of our family farm in Weld County Colorado with oil and gas development since 1972. I am here as a member of the...
Categories: Climate change, Congress, Courts, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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Dissent is patriotic: Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2017
This Fourth of July, I’m reflecting that nothing is more patriotic than loving our country, state, and communities enough to work to make them even better. And sometimes that means standing up to politicians who are trying to roll back or undermine protections for our land, air, and water. I often think of the quote by famous anthropologist Margaret Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it...
Categories: Congress, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Plains Speaking


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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...
Categories: Agriculture, Agriculture, Clean Water, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil & Gas, Oil and gas, Plains Speaking


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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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