Bakken Rancher Welcomes Federal Judge’s Defense of Methane Standards

  Bakken Rancher Welcomes Federal Judge’s Defense of Methane Standards   BILLINGS, Mont. — A Wyoming judge yesterday rejected efforts to block new standards by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would reduce the waste of natural gas on federal and tribal lands. “This is good news for people living in oil country,” said […]

Guest editorial: Rep. Zinke should embrace stewardship at Interior

    Guest editorial: Rep. Zinke should embrace stewardship at Interior By Mark Fix 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 to […]

Washington state denies sublease for coal export terminal

  Washington state denies sublease for coal export terminal By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press January 3, 2017   SEATTLE (AP) – Washington state is refusing to allow its aquatic lands to be used for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River, dealing what one opponent described as “the final nail in the coffin” for […]

Northern Plains reacts to Washington State’s denial of lands lease for proposed Longview coal export terminal

  Northern Plains reacts to Washington State’s denial of lands lease for proposed Longview coal export terminal In response to Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark’s announcement that he is rejecting a proposal from the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility to sublease state-owned aquatic lands on the Columbia River west of […]

Resource Councils Welcome Release of Stream Protection Rule

Resource Councils Welcome Release of Stream Protection Rule Billings, Mont. – Today, the Department of Interior and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released the final Stream Protection Rule. The rule, which is designed to prevent water degradation by utilizing the best available science and technology, marks the first national update to water protections […]

Board of Oil and Gas Conservation adopts drilling notification

  Board of Oil and Gas Conservation adopts drilling notification New rule increases transparency in Montana oil industry   The Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation on Wednesday voted 4-3 to adopt a rule requiring oil and gas operators to notify landowners within ¼ mile of a proposed oil or gas well. With the adoption of […]

Montana citizen group responds to Trump appointment to head Interior Dept.

  Montana citizen group responds to Trump appointment to head Interior Dept. Beth Kaeding of Bozeman, past chair of the Northern Plains Resource Council, issued the following statement of behalf of Northern Plains on the announcement that Rep. Ryan Zinke has been offered the position of Secretary of the Interior:   “Congressman Zinke has worked […]

Northern Plains elects officers for 2017

  Northern Plains elects officers for 2017 Announced during the Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-19, Northern Plains Resource Council members elected the following officers to the Board of Directors for 2017. Chair Kate French of Bozeman; Vice Chair Becky Mitchell of Billings; Secretary Ed Gulick of Billings; Treasurer Jeanie Alderson of Birney; Assistant Secretary Cindy Webber […]