Northern Plains Resource Council

The outside of the NorthWestern Energy building in Butte, Montana.
Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio

The commission that regulates electric utilities in Montana is calling into question the accuracy and adequacy of NorthWestern Energy’s 20-year energy plan.

A woman wearing a red dress stands on a bike with two young boys. She's flexing her bicep.
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Editor's note 05/07/2020: This story has been updated to reflect new reopening guidance from the Governor's office.

Movie theaters in Montana are still closed until May 15 under the state’s reopening plan. This has led film festival organizers and silver screen owners to get a bit creative.

Peabody Energy logo.
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Montana will release $3 million to a mining company that started reclaiming around 2,300 acres of land from strip mining in the 90s.

Missouri-based Peabody Energy spent more than 20 years replanting grasses and restoring terrain impacted by operations at the Big Sky Mine area B near Colstrip.

Beltway Democrats and Republicans are both claiming victory over this week’s announced overhaul of the 25-year-old NAFTA trade agreement. Back home in Montana, farmers and ranchers are still sifting through the pact’s details with a fine-toothed comb. 

Four tall stacks billow white steam into a blue sky
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a proposal to remediate pollution from wastewater facilities at Units 1 and 2 at the Colstrip Steam Electric Station.

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The U.S. State Department will host the only public meeting over its recently updated draft environmental statement for the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday in Billings

This is the public’s first and only chance to meet with government officials in an open house to talk about the updated draft environmental statement for the controversial pipeline. A federal judge said late last year that the original draft needed further review of potential environmental impacts.

Northern Plains member Ed Gulick speaks to a crowd at renewable energy rally at the Yellowstone County Courthouse October 4.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana’s largest utility company is reviewing its electric rates for the first time in 10 years and one provision has people worried that the new rates could hurt clean energy progress in the state.

Rick Thompson fields public questions and comments at a state Department of Environmental Quality meeting on proposed radioactive oil waste rules in Glendive September 24.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio News

Earlier this year, Montana proposed quadrupling the upper limit of radioactive oil waste that could be disposed at certified sites. On Tuesday, the state Department of Environmental Quality held its first of two public hearings about the proposed rule change in Glendive.

A poster for the mixed-media film "Theo and Celeste"
Montana International Film Festival

If you enjoy films, Billings is the place to be this week when five days of some of the best independent films from around the country will play on movie screens downtown.

Teresa Erickson with the Northern Plains Resource Counci
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

The woman who leads an influential conservation group in eastern Montana is retiring this summer. Teresa Erickson with the Northern Plains Resource Council spent the past three decades pushing to expand Montana’s local food scene, secure cleanup promises from mining companies and support green energy.