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Northern Plains group to meet for annual meeting

​Helen Slottje will deliver the keynote address to Northern Plains Resource Council's 43rd Annual Meeting Saturday, Nov. 15. Popular Billings band Ellen and the Old School will close out the festivities Saturday night. All events except the business meeting Friday afternoon are open to the public. There is a slight charge to attend the keynote address and other sessions.

A lawyer in Ithaca, New York, Slottje developed a legal strategy that allows communities to use local zoning laws to protect themselves and property owners from fracking operations. She and her husband, David, spent four years traveling from town to town to share the strategy for local action. More than 170 communities in New York have adopted fracking bans or moratoriums. For her work, Slottje was awarded the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America.

In addition to her 11:30 a.m. Saturday keynote address, Slottje will also take part in a panel Saturday afternoon on oil and gas reforms.

Saturday's sessions include:

The Future of Utilities in a World with Small-Scale Renewable Energy (featuring Tyson Slocum, energy program director at Public Citizen)

Our Fractured Food System (featuring Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch)

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The Hidden Costs of Coal: Reclamation in the West

Oil & Gas Reforms: Pressure from the Ground Up

Other Annual Meeting events also are open to the public and include:

Friday's annual Cowboy Supper at First Congregational Church in downtown Billings, hosted by Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council and featuring locally produced foods prepared by members.

A silent auction with more than 100 items (ends Saturday evening).

The lively, country-eclectic music of Ellen and the Old School at 8 p.m. Saturday. A free-will offering is suggested.

–Northern Plains Resource Council