A sharp-eyed reader spotted this in the November 5 Great Falls Tribune:
In Stillwater County, a re-issued permit was approved for Energy Corporation of America to drill the Holman Morse 1-H, a Lakota Formation well with an SHL (surface hole location) at SE SE 12-5S-16E (988 FSL (from south line)/466 FEL (from east line)) and a PBHL (proposed bottom hole location) of 6,200 feet at SW SE 7-5S-17E (502 FSL/2162 FEL).
This is a horizontal permit for the well across from Montana Jack’s in Dean. According to Montana Board of Oil and Gas (BOGC) records, the well was originally permitted on October 31, 2013 and has been renewed twice at six month intervals, on May 1 and again on October 30 of this year.
The permit needs to be re-issued every six months, so it is not clear whether the re-issue is related to future activity at the well.
You can look this up yourself at the BOGC web site. Search under Operator –> Equal to –> Energy Corporation of America. Results will appear down the left side. Click on the “Holman Morse” well.
All the more reason to continue the efforts to have some standards in place to protect property owners.
I would hope the notice of this permit re-issuance appeared also in newspaper(s) more local than Great Falls! For instance: Billings Gazette, Stillwater Co. News, Carbon Co. News. If not, it would appear to me to be yet another effort to avoid transparency by the company and the entities that allowed or encouraged it.
I don’t believe the Gazette regularly publishes this information, and I’m certain the local papers don’t. The Great Falls Tribune runs this regularly, pulling the information off the BOGC site. It’s something we should take up with the editors.
Transparency remains a major issue in oil and gas in Montana. It suits the companies to keep local residents in the dark.
You’d think more people would be on to these carpetbaggers by now… It still isn’t too late, though. KayCee says we are more than half way on the signatures for the grass roots bunch. Sure could use some more… This will be our best chance to have a say. Who are YOU going to call?
Hello, Any idea if someone from Northern Plains was aware of this? Any thoughts on why the great falls tribune covers this but the gazette doesn’t? Thanks… Dave
I have contacted Darrell Ehrlick, Publisher of the Gazette, and asked him to look into carrying the permitting information. He has responded that he will look into it. Given the increasing activity related to oil drilling in Yellowstone, Stillwater and Carbon Counties, it seems a natural for the paper. He has responded that he will look into it.
Anyone else interested in pressing this request can reach Mr. Ehrlick at DEhrlick@billingsgazette.com
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