Activities this week:
- Tuesday, December 10, 6pm: Forum on drilling in Carbon County and surrounding areas. Elks Club, 114 N Broadway, Red Lodge. The forum will examine the social consequences that might occur from high levels of oil extraction as in the Bakken. Knowledgeable panelists will discuss the likelihood of Bakken activity here, the impact on towns in the Bakken from that activity, and the efforts of Bakken towns to mitigate the undesirable consequences of the activity.
- Wednesday, December 11, 12:30pm, rally at Yellowstone County Courthouse, 217 N 27th St, Billings, followed by petition delivery at Energy Corporation of America (ECA) offices. Petition now has 4500 signatures.
12:30 Rally begins at County Courthouse Park, 217 N. 27th St., Billings
12:50 Caravan heads to ECA office, 3737 Grand Ave.
1:20 Deliver the petition to ECA
2:00 Board of Oil and Gas Conservation meeting, 2535 St. Johns Ave.
- Wednesday and Thursday, December 11-12, Montana Board of Oil and Gas
Conservation (MBOGC) meetings, 2535 St. Johns Avenue, Billings. Wednesday’s meeting is at 2pm. The agenda allows for public comment on ECA’s application for a permit to drill a horizontal fracking well three miles east of Belfry.
On Thursday at 8am at MBOGC, the group will also attend a formal hearing on the Belfry well permit, requested by the Carbon County Resource Council.During that meeting, the seven members of the oil and gas board will hear testimony and then vote on about 60 issues, including oil and gas permits and well spacing. ECA’s Belfry permit is on the agenda.Under state law, permit applications must be advertised at the state Capitol in Helena and in the county where the well would be located. The public then has 10 days to request a hearing.
- Residents plan protest over Beartooth fracking plan this week (ravallirepublic.com)