Powder River Basin Resource Council

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 934 N Main St Sheridan WY 82801 USA

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.
Geographic areas served: State of Wyoming

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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 organize Pavillion Area Concerned Citizens, PACC. As a local group, and through Powder River Basin Resource Council,we have been in contact with the Department of Environmental Quality and other state and national organizations. As a landowner with 24 gas wells on our land, we have contaminated water, soil, and air. Powder River Basin Resource Council has helped immensely, working on our problems, calling attention of our plight. We do have the attention of state agencies. Deb Thomas and our local chairman, John Fenton, have been to the state legislature and also to Washington, D.C. to share our experiences and hope for help in solving our problems. They have appeared at the meetings of Wyoming Oil and Gas and offered rule changes to make drilling safer. We don't want to keep the gas company, Encana, from getting the natural gas, but we expect them to use safety measures at all times to ensure our water, soil, and air are not contaminated. We feel the grassroots organization of Powder River Basin Resource Council have helped us immensely in our plight.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having our local water wells tested at least three times and an air monitor will be brought in to test for contaminates in the emissions of the gas wells. Our soils have also been tested.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal attention we feel we get. We are educated in the methods of working with governmental agencies.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful and knowledgable. Deb Thomas works endlessly for our cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and pay the staff for their hard work. The group could hire more people to work across the state and help cash starved citizens with their problems. One family has no water at all and must carry water in to drink and for household use.

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About every month

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2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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 made a big difference in Wyoming, and have helped educate me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

totally dedicated to the organization, and people who would volunteer lots of hours, and the staff works tirelessly within a somewhat antagonistic climate within our state.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

meet the big corporations on their own level, and perhaps change the future of coal bed methane development, making it more sustainable.

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About every month

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2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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 able to comment on issues in a timely manner with clarity and expertise. We thank the PRBRC for helping us do our part to keep the state of Wyoming and the west environmentally sound.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its constand reminders of issues coming up that need action/comments and the explanations that are included in the alerts

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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