From Jane, our feet on the ground in Billings:
I’ve been to the NPRC annual meeting. To my surprise there was almost no mention of the Beartooth project. In their defense, the NPRC has been preparing on a number of fronts for this meeting, and the fracking came up only within the past few weeks. NPRC seems to be spread pretty thin — there were resolutions and presentations on electrical power generation, voting registration, the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed change in the primary election system, a moratorium on federal coal leasing, privatization of state water resources, water rights in relation to oil and gas development, family farms and ranches and food supplies, coal development, planned giving and the right to vote movement. On the plus side, I talked to organizers in Red Lodge and Billings who are putting together a steering committee for the Beartooth project and said I’d like to be involved. Meeting coming up within the next few weeks. Also got permission to add two names to appropriate e-mail chains — both are women David has talked to and who were pleased to be included. I think inviting them to the blog is a much better idea, and I’ll do that if you all agree.