Gazette opinion: Montana needs radioactive rules – Billings Gazette, January 11, 2017

January 11, 2018
After several years of complaints from neighbors in Dawson County, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality released a draft of proposed regulations for landfills licensed to hold low-level radioactive waste last August. The only such landfill licensed and operating in Montana or in North Dakota is located in Dawson County. It holds radioactive oilfield waste from Bakken drilling. Four months later, Montana DEQ is still working on the regulations and is in the final steps of licensing a fourth landfill...
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Radioactive Bakken waste buried in Montana, while North Dakota has no licensed dump sites – Billings Gazette, January 5, 2018

January 11, 2018
By Matt Hudson Montana’s capacity for radioactive oilfield waste could be expanded soon as regulators finalize rules for disposal. State officials are reviewing the license application for the Yellowstone Disposal landfill. It’s a project backed by a North Dakota-based company, which plans to build on 2,600 acres of land 4.5 miles southeast of Sidney. Within that site would be a 55-acre special waste unit with a capacity of more than 5 million cubic yards. That area would be licensed to handle material...
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Northern Plains responds to Bureau of Land Management suspension of methane rule, December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017
Today, the federal Bureau of Land Management finalized the delay of much of its Methane and Waste Prevention rule until January 2019. In response, Northern Plains Resource Council issued the following statement: “Secretary Zinke’s decision to suspend these protections that safeguard the clean air, health, and economic vitality of oilfield communities is a deep betrayal of Western states. Westerners have made their overwhelming support of the BLM’s Methane and Waste Prevention rule...
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Federal Judge Denies TransCanada, Government Motion to Dismiss Keystone Lawsuit, November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017
Pipeline Challenge is Allowed to Proceed Great Falls, MT—Today, Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls ruled that a federal lawsuit brought by conservation and landowner groups over the Trump Administration’s approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline could proceed. Morris’s decision rejected a motion made by the State Department and TransCanada to dismiss the case. In March, six groups, including Northern Plains Resource Council, filed Northern Plains Resource Council et al. v. Shannon et al., alleging the Trump Administration had...
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Guest opinion: Why Montana needs COOL again – Billings Gazette, September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017
By Jeanie Alderson Northern Plains Resource Council Montana has been shaped by the image of the cattle industry. Cows grazing, hardy ranching families working the land and the rough-hewn hands of butchers are all iconic images of our state’s heritage. We represent two different ends of this heritage – the rancher who raises the cattle, and the neighborhood butcher who works in the meat department of your local grocery store. Unfair trade deals have put our shared culture in jeopardy. Many of...
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