Northern Plains Resource Council

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. 

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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.

Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

The state expects to release final details of plans to clean up groundwater contaminated by toxic coal ash at the Colstrip power plant next month.

A train ships pieces of pipeline materials.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

A coalition of conservation groups on Monday sued to stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

A cow looks up on a farm near Bridger, Montana.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

A new federal bill co-sponsored by Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester proposes temporarily stopping large food and agribusiness corporations from consolidating. It aims to increase competition in the market to support better prices for farmers and ranchers.

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