Press release: Northern Plains says Pruitt wrong choice to lead EPA, Feb. 17, 2017

February 17, 2017
By Northern Plains Resource Council In response to today’s United States Senate vote to approve the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to run the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Northern Plains Resource Council has the following statement: “Today, the Senate made the wrong choice for Montanans as well as Americans,” said Kate French, Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council and a Bozeman resident. “From asbestos in Libby to air pollution in Billings, Montanans have...
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Letter: Tell senators to stop methane waste – Billings Gazette, Feb. 17, 2017

February 17, 2017
Congress is moving closer to repealing the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Rule; the final vote will take place in the Senate sometime in the coming weeks. Here’s why repealing the Methane Waste Rule (via the Congressional Review Act) is irresponsible governing, and just plain wasteful. Currently, oil and gas companies throw away about $330 million of natural gas produced on public lands, by flaring, venting or leaking it out. But minerals produced on public lands aren't theirs to...
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Letter: Uphold BLM rules on methane waste – Billings Gazette, Feb. 14, 2017

February 15, 2017
In 2016, I traveled to Dickinson, North Dakota, for a Department of the Interior hearing concerning preventing the waste of methane from oil and gas drilling on Bureau of Land Management lands. An overwhelming number of those who gave testimony were in favor of updating regulations to prevent methane loss when drilling on these lands. New regulations were approved in December that curtail flaring, venting, and leaking of oil and gas wells that are developing publicly own minerals. The...
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Letter: Natural gas waste bad for health – Billings Gazette, Feb. 11, 2017

February 14, 2017
It’s a little-known problem, but one with a big impact. Every year, $330 million dollars’ worth of natural gas is wasted into the atmosphere and turns into pollution. How? Natural gas gets flared, vented or leaked out into our air. Flaring and venting exposes Montanans — particularly babies and developing young brains—to the health risks of breathing in methane, which can lead to learning difficulties, breathing problems and even cancer. Luckily, there are new standards to fix this problem. The...
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Letter: PACE would help Montana businesses – Billings Gazette, Feb. 7, 2017

February 7, 2017
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a program that will save businesses money and create local jobs in Montana, without costing our government a dime. It needs to be enabled by the Montana legislature and has already passed in 33 states across the country (including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Texas.) I am a small-business owner in an old building. The cheapest energy is that which you don’t use, but resources are scarce for infrastructure improvements that enhance energy efficiency. PACE...
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