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The state of Montana provides insufficient regulatory support for water testing. See for yourself.

We have discussed water testing at length on this blog. It is a critical component for communities in preparing for oil and gas drilling. Simply put, if you don’t do baseline testing — testing the state of your water before … Continue reading

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More on water testing education, in person and online

Water testing seminar in Red Lodge Don’t forget to register for the water testing seminar in Red Lodge on Thursday, June 5, at the Carbon County Fairgrounds at 7:00 pm. The event is jointly sponsored by the Carbon County Resource Council and Montana State University Extension. You … Continue reading

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Don’t miss it — water testing seminar in Red Lodge, June 5 at 7pm

Many people ask what they can do to protect their property from potential oil drilling in the area. My response is always to do everything they can to make sure their water is protected. The single most important way to … Continue reading

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Report from the water testing seminar in Lewistown

A reader attended the water testing seminar in Lewistown last Wednesday and provided a detailed report of the proceedings. His report was an eye opener for me. My key takeaways: It is absolutely essential for landowners to do baseline water … Continue reading

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The EPA is not testing to see if injection fluids are contaminating our water. We need to take responsibility for doing it ourselves.

Your tax dollars at work… Last month the federal Government Accounting Agency released a report on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program to protect underground water sources from the injection of fluids associated with oil and gas drilling. If you’re a … Continue reading

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Stillwater County Beartooth Zone: The Commissioners’ position is not only illegal, it is completely undemocratic

The Stillwater County Commissioners seem dead set on fighting County taxpayers in court to protect the rights of outsiders. No county in the history of Montana has ever taken their position, it is untested in court, and it is completely undemocratic and unfair.

To see how undemocratic the Commissioners’ position is, this post looks at two actual properties in the proposed zone.

No matter how County Attorney Nancy Rohde and the Commissioners try to spin it, there is no principle of law or justice in the United States of America in which a vacation cabin on a half acre should have 33 times the voice of a 1500-acre ranch that has been owned by the same family for 108 years.

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Stillwater County Commissioners ignore County residents on issue after issue. This has to change.

The Stillwater County Commissioners appear to be so out of touch with their constituents that they can’t be bothered to respond to residents on issue after issue. Several recent examples show a pattern of inadequate communication as well as failures in planning, budgeting and executing complex projects.

This article looks at an oil and gas district, a County road closed by rockslide, a historic building renovation and a disputed tree cutting process as a pattern of failure to plan, execute, budget and communicate.

It’s time for change, and it’s up to voters to make it happen. The next County Commissioner election is this year, and it is a vacant seat. It’s time for County residents to step up and fill these seats with competent and responsible Commissioners.

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“SLAPP suit” attempts to intimidate organizations protesting local oil and gas zoning

Oil and gas companies continuously try new legislative, judicial and business tactics to keep landowners from interfering with their business. When those strategies are successful in one state, they are exported to other states.

So it is of particular interest that in Pennsylvania, a corporate landowner and twelve individual landowners who have leased their shale gas drilling rights to an oil and gas operator have filed suit against environmental organizations that oppose the drilling.

Attorneys for the environmental groups have argued that the suit is a “SLAPP suit” — a strategic lawsuit against public participation — targeting individuals and groups for participating in public debate on government policies and the legal appeals of those policies.

29 states have laws against SLAPP suits. Montana is not one of them. Don’t be surprised if suits like this happen here. Continue reading

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New EPA report links fracking to water contamination. That’s great, but local regulation is still required

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday released a new draft report on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water. The study concludes that there are “potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact … Continue reading

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Why we can’t prove what we know is true about fracking and water contamination

Why can’t we pin down the relationship between fracking and water quality? The answer lies in government bureaucracy, industry stonewalling, the unwillingness of our elected representatives to protect us, and the rapid growth of the fracking industry. The bottom line … Continue reading

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