Federal board dismisses permit for coal-hauling railroad in southeast Montana

  Federal board dismisses permit for coal-hauling Tongue River Railroad   The Surface Transportation Board today dismissed Tongue River Railroad Company’s (TRRC) application to build the proposed coal-hauling Tongue River Railroad. The railroad would have used the power of federal eminent domain to condemn family farm and ranch land in southeastern Montana in order to […]

Conservation group’s leader to query presidential candidates in Reno

  Conservation group’s leader to query presidential candidates in Reno Kate French of Bozeman wants to know where presidential candidates stand on helping rural Americans transition to a better, more diversified economy, especially residents in coal-dependent areas. French is attending the non-partisan “Real Solutions for Real People” presidential candidate town hall hosted by the Center […]

Pacific Northwest totem pole dedicated in Billings

  Pacific Northwest totem pole dedicated in Billings BILLINGS, Mont. – About 120 people gathered at the Northern Plains Resource Council building in Billings today to dedicate a totem pole carved by members of the Lummi Nation in Washington state. The totem pole is a gift from the Lummi to members of the Northern Cheyenne in […]

Northern Plains welcomes proposed new methane and waste prevention standards

  Northern Plains welcomes proposed new methane and waste prevention standards   Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a new proposed rule to help prevent the waste of federal oil and gas resources. In Montana, as well as the rest of the western United States, oil and gas wells release natural gas during […]

Montanans Travel to Spokane to Testify Against Crude Oil Export

  Montanans travel to Spokane, testify against crude oil export port, joining large majority in opposition   SPOKANE, Wash. — The Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council organized a caravan of Montanans from across the state this week to testify in Spokane Valley against the building of the proposed Tesoro Savage crude oil export facility in […]

Arch Coal Bankruptcy Leaves Montana Projects In Doubt

  Arch Coal Bankruptcy Leaves Montana Projects In Doubt   BILLINGS, Mont. – While the proposed developer of the Otter Creek Mine in southeastern Montana entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, Arch Coal Inc. still is a major player in several projects that would affect Montanans. Arch Coal is the sole owner of Otter Creek […]

Otter Creek Mine developer Arch Coal enters bankruptcy

  Otter Creek Mine developer Arch Coal enters bankruptcy ​BILLINGS, Mont. – The proposed developer of the Otter Creek Mine in southeastern Montana entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy today (Monday, Jan. 11). Arch Coal Inc., is the second-largest U.S. coal company by production volume, and is the sole owner of Otter Creek Coal LLC, which has […]

Tongue River Rancher Responds to Coal Railroad Suspension

  Tongue River Rancher Responds to Coal Railroad Suspension   BILLINGS, Mont. – The Tongue River Railroad Company (TRR) today requested that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) temporarily suspend permitting efforts for the construction and operation of its proposed rail line along the Tongue River in southeast Montana. “This announcement will ensure a happy Thanksgiving for […]