Northern Plains says Pruitt wrong choice for EPA head

  Northern Plains says Pruitt wrong choice for EPA head In response to the 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 […]

Rancher reacts to repeal of Stream Protection Rule

Rancher reacts to repeal of Stream Protection Rule Repeal a blow to clean water, agriculture Today, President Trump signed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that repeals a federal rule that had been adopted to protect streams from damage due to coal mining. Not a single coal job will be created or preserved by […]

Impacted Montana rancher opposes Keystone XL pipeline

  Impacted Montana rancher opposes Keystone XL pipeline   Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family-agriculture group based in Billings, opposes President Trump’s approval today of the Keystone tar sands pipeline. The pipeline would cross eastern Montana from Canada to South Dakota.     “The Northern Plains Resource Council believes the final Environmental Impact […]

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 […]