Fracking-Ban Activist Fires Up Northern Plains Members


Fracking-Ban Activist Fires Up Northern Plains Members “Get tough and get involved at the local level,” Helen Slottje told about 120 members of Northern Plains Resource Council and others Nov. 15 in Billings. Slottje, a winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, was the keynote speaker at Northern Plains’ 43rdAnnual Meeting. Slottje, a lawyer from […]

New Report Looks At Natural Gas Flaring Boom


New Report Looks At Natural Gas Flaring Boom Waste sparked by oil prices, length of leases, and weak protections   BILLINGS, Mont. — Surging oil production in shale hotspots, like the Bakken in Montana and North Dakota, and Eagle Ford in Texas, has increased waste of natural gas through flaring, venting, and leaking, according to […]

Montana League of Rural Voters Announces Endorsement of John Lewis


  Montana League of Rural Voters announces endorsement of John Lewis Lewis’s Farm and Ranch Jobs Plan a good fit for Montana   On Tuesday, October 7, the Montana League of Rural Voters (MLRV) announced its endorsement of John Lewis for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. MLRV said Lewis has a better sense of the […]

State of Wyoming Coal Port Appeal Rejected

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State of Wyoming coal port appeal rejected   The Oregon Department of State Lands rejected the State of Wyoming’s appeal of Oregon’s decision to deny a key permit to develop the Port of Morrow coal export port on the Columbia River in Oregon. The permit had been sought by Ambre Energy, a financially troubled Australian […]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Wild & Scenic Film Festival 7 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 12  Babcock Theatre 2812 2nd Avenue N. Downtown Billings $10 at door ($8 advance) Northern Plains commissioned Warren to produce the 10-minute video on fracking in Montana’s Beartooth Front and the Bakken. The video was selected by Gasland and Gasland II producer Josh Fox as his featured video of the […]

Resource Group Seeks Transparency from Board of Oil & Gas


Resource group seeks transparency from Board of Oil and Gas   The Northern Plains Resource Council has delivered a formal letter to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) requesting the regulatory agency to uphold the Montana Constitution.   The letter calls attention to the fact that the BOGC does not provide public […]

Oregon Agency Denies Crucial Port of Morrow Permit


Oregon Agency Denies Crucial Port of Morrow Permit, Deals Significant Blow to Coal Export Proposals   BILLINGS, Mont. — Oregon’s Department of State Lands today denied a crucial removal-fill permit for a proposed coal terminal at the Port of Morrow in Oregon. The state agency posted the denial in a fact sheet posed online. […]

Roller Derby Bout!


The Big Lebowskate Roller Derby Bout Rolls on September 13. GRG vs. Great Falls Calling all Dudes and Dudettes – it is time to Abide. The Gallatin Roller Girlz invite YOU to attend The Big Lebowskate on Saturday, September 13th at the Haynes Pavilion, Gallatin Fairgrounds – their final home bout of the 2014 Season. […]