Category Archives: Community Organization, Politics and History

Silvertip landowners appeal to Montana Supreme Court

“The ability of neighboring landowners to unilaterally strip us of our right to protect our properties will remain an obstacle to local control throughout Montana unless the state Supreme Court decides this important issue.” Continue reading

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Time for the Montana Board of Oil and Gas to step forward on setbacks

The Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) will take up the issue of whether to begin rulemaking on establishing oil and gas setbacks — the minimum distance between oil and gas wells and homes or other occupied buildings … Continue reading

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Important documents for Thursday’s meeting on the Stillwater River Road closure

” When these seeps are no longer visible, then it is our opinion the risk of failure is basically the same as it was before the recent rock slide. Assuming some risk is acceptable, then it is our opinion the road can be cleared and opened when the visible seeps are no longer apparent.“ Continue reading

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Stillwater County residents: public meeting on Stillwater River Road closure this Thursday

There will be a public meeting to discuss the Stillwater River Road closure at the Nye Fire Hall on Thursday, July 30 at 6:30pm. All three Stillwater County Commissioners are expected to be in attendance. Stillwater River Road was closed … Continue reading

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BREAKING. Decision in Silvertip Zone case (video)

In a narrow ruling that demonstrates how government at all levels conspires to deprive small landowners of their rights, Judge Blair Jones ruled last week that: The Silvertip Zone petition did not meet Carbon County standards that had been established … Continue reading

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Congress is currently very busy doing absolutely nothing about regulating oil and gas

Congress is well paid by the oil and gas industry to do absolutely nothing to protect communities from insufficiently regulated oil and gas drilling. And that’s exactly what they’re busy doing — nothing. Of course, the process of doing nothing … Continue reading

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Stillwater River rock slide reminds us of the dangers of drilling

There was a rock slide out our way on the Stillwater River last week. It blocked Stillwater River Road at Midnight Canyon, and probably will for a while, so traffic to Absarokee will have to take the long way around … Continue reading

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Lee newspapers decide to stop covering state government. Here’s what you can do about it

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” -Thomas Jefferson Lee Enterprises closes Helena bureau In a shocking … Continue reading

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Now a law: Texas measure makes local oil regulation illegal (with NPR audio)

“To these folks I say, ‘Ride your horse to work every day.’” -Todd Staples, President, Texas Oil and Gas Association Texas Governor signs bill banning local bans It’s finally happened. Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed a law barring … Continue reading

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Another oil and gas commission ignores citizen rights (with video)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission proposed an injection well in Sioux County to dispose of wastewater from oil exploration. This wasn’t wastewater from local oil activity. This was an out-of-state … Continue reading

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