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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keynote speaker busts myths about cattle grazing, at Northern Plains Annual Meeting

  Keynote speaker busts myths about cattle grazing, at Northern Plains Annual Meeting Despite popular myths, grazing cattle is a necessary part of maintaining the ecosystem, Nicolette Hahn Niman told about 175 people gathered Nov. 18-19 for Northern Plains Resource Council’s 45th Annual Meeting in Billings. “Overall, we must maintain grazing as a necessary force […]