Category Archives: Community Organization

ACTION ALERT: Please write by September 20 to keep BLM from selling oil leases in Stillwater County

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing three oil and gas leases in Stillwater County for sale in March, 2018. Two are in Dean (MTM 105431-HW, MTM 79010-8R) and one is on East Fiddler Creek (MTM 79010-JJ). A public comment period is now open. Please make your voice heard by sending in comments about the lease by Wednesday, September 20.

Your comment is critical. The last time a lease was considered in Dean, it wound up being deferred, partly because there were 40 letters sent to BLM opposed to drilling.

Please forward this action alert to others who you think may be willing to send comments.

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Do mineral rights have anything to do with citizen initiated zones in Montana?

While the Stillwater County Commissioners have conceded that zoning petitioners have met the minimum threshold of 60% of landowners in the proposed district, they are now questioning whether the holders of mineral rights in the district should be included in the petitioning process.

By my research, there are at least 110 citizen initiated zones that have been enacted under the law enabling citizens to petition for zoning, and it appears that not a single one required the signatures of mineral owners.

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Stillwater County Beartooth Front Zoning District update

I will be writing more about this in the near future, but want to pass along this update from the Beartooth Front Oil and Gas Committee. This has been a long battle, slowed to a crawl by the Stillwater County Commissioners, who have raised delay to a fine art. Continue reading

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Learning opportunity: Earthworks activist training, Thursday, 2/9 at 6pm

Earthworks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development, is offering an online training webinar for environmental activists this Thursday, February 9, at 6pm Mountain. This webinar will cover: … Continue reading

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How Montanans stopped the largest new coal mine in North America

This article, written by Nick Engelfried at wagingnonviolence.com, is reposted with permission of the author. While it does not directly deal with oil and gas issues, it is an inspiring story of Montana communities working together against seemingly-insurmountable odds to overcome an energy giant. Continue reading

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We here at Preserve the Beartooth Front are pleased to announce the latest recipient of the Rex Tillerson Fracking Hypocrite Award. The Award is a 160-foot water tower, engraved with Rex Tillerson’s photo, delivered to the recipient’s front yard.

We’ve written often about Rex. He’s the CEO of ExxonMobil who publicly complained that “dysfunctional regulation of hydraulic fracturing is holding back the American economic recovery, growth and global competitiveness,” and then joined with his neighbors in a lawsuit to block construction of a large water tower, to be used to support fracking operations, next to his Texas home.

Click to see which Montanan is today’s award winner.

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Comparing the 2016 US presidential candidates on climate change

It won’t surprise you to know that there are stark differences between the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates with regard to their positions on climate change. Democrats accept the science on climate change and, for the most part, hold … Continue reading

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Don’t miss! Award winning film director Andrew Renzi in Absarokee, July 26

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear award-winning director Andrew Renzi discuss his film about Montana ranch life. 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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Hearing on Silvertip Zone case in Red Lodge on Thursday, June 4 at 1:30pm

A hearing will be held on Thursday, June 4 in Red Lodge in the case of Martinell, et al,  v. Board of County Commissioners of Carbon County, et al. This is the suit filed by residents of the proposed Silvertip … Continue reading

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