Powder River Basin Resource Council
Rating: 5 stars 3 reviews
Location: 934 N Main St Sheridan WY 82801 USA
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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