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Phone: 307-672-5809
934 N Main St
Sheridan
Wyoming 82801
USA
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Geographic areas served: State of Wyoming

Mission:
Powder River Basin Resource Council and its affiliated groups are committed to:

• The preservation and enrichment of our agricultural heritage and rural lifestyle;

• The conservation of our unique land, mineral, water, and clean air resources, consistent with responsible use of those resources to sustain the livelihood of present and future generations;

• The education and empowerment of our citizens to raise a coherent voice in the decisions that will impact their environment and lifestyles.
Results:
Initially started by rural landowners of North East Wyoming attempting to protect their land and water from the ravages of coal strip mining.  Following the passage of the 1977 Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, in which Powder River played an important role, the members of the Resource Council have produced major accomplishments on many fronts over the years:

• facilitated the enforcement of stricter blasting standards for control of nitrous oxide emissions for Wyoming coal mines, continued to monitor the blasts and reclamation.

• worked with state and federal agencies to increase bonding reclamation on gas and oil wells.

• prevented the expansion of animal feeding factories through legislative action and monitoring the permitting process to ensure it meets state regulations.

• protected pristine watershed areas such as the Little Bighorn and Sand Creek, the former in cooperation with the Crow Tribal Nation.

• enabled land owners to successfully negotiate to protect their rights concerning coalbed methane development, power, and pipe lines.

• worked with state and industry officials to place monitoring devices around a refinery to measure air pollution.

• been a leader in efforts to reduce the monopoly power of a few corporations in the meat packing industry, and been a leader in the evolution of country of origin labeling at both the state and national levels.

• helped prevent “boondoggle” projects such as coal slurry pipelines, radioactive waste dumps and the importation of nuclear waste.

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04/24/10
The Powder River Basin Resource Council has been instrumental in bringing attention to our area, Pavillion, WY, on gas drilling contamination to our land, water, and air. The organizer, Deb Thomas, is extremely knowledgable in all these matters and works incessently on our behalf. She helped us ... more »
04/20/10
The Powder River Basin Resource Council does a huge job with very little money and a very dedicated staff. They work very hard to protect landowners and the environment in Wyoming, and also travel around the US to advise other groups. I admire the board and staff of this nonprofit, and they've ... more »
04/19/10
The Powder River Basin Resource Council keeps its members informed on important environmental issues facing the state of Wyoming and urges members to respond to these threats by writing letters and editorials, calling officials, and donating money to the cuase. Without their input we would not be ... more »
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