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2018 farm bill finds DRA family farmers on the front line

In early November, four farmers and farm advocates representing Dakota Rural Action (DRA) flew to Washington, D.C., to advocate for a 2018 farm bill that supports America’s family farmers. DRA members Gerry Adolf, Kristi Mogen, and Stephanie Peterson met with … Continued

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Powder River Hosts Workshop with Healthy Soils Guru, Gabe Brown

On November 10, the Powder River Basin Resource Council hosted a day-long soils health workshop led by award-winning regenerative farmer Gabe Brown. Over 150 ranchers, farmers, producers, and agriculture students attended. Also hosting the event were the Sheridan County Conservation … Continued

Opposition Dominates Hearing on Davis Oil Refinery Near Park

On January 17, Dakota Resource Council (DRC) members participated in a hearing in Dickinson to oppose the air quality permit for the proposed Davis Oil Refinery. The oil refinery is sited just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Opposition … Continued

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Wyoming Counties Face $42 Million in Delinquent Mineral Taxes

In the face of a statewide budget crisis, mineral extraction companies owe Wyoming taxpayers over $42 million in county taxes unpaid on their operations throughout the state. Last month, Powder River Basin Resource Council released a new report entitled Tax … Continued

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5 graphs explain coal in Trump’s first year

This report is the result of a collaboration between Appalachian Voices and the Western Organization of Resource Councils to assess the effect of Trump Administration policies on economic growth in coal-producing regions. By Colin Lauderdale & Erin Savage One year … Continued

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One step forward for the coal industry, two steps back

For every step forward in 2017, the coal industry saw at least two steps backward. The slow unraveling of the industry will take time, but each passing month begs certain questions about the future more and more urgently. Will coal … Continued

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Methane standards fight continues

Organizing efforts on federal methane standards kept WORC and its member groups busy throughout 2017. WORC beat the Trump administration in Congress and the courts. Without the persistence of WORC and the member groups, the methane rules could be wiped … Continued

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Wyoming panel focuses on diversifying economy and revenue

Powder River Basin Resource Council (PRBRC) featured a panel conversation on Wyoming’s energy and economic future early in November at its Annual Meeting in Sheridan. Panelists included Rep. Mike Madden, Chair of the Wyoming House Revenue Committee; Rob Godby, Director … Continued