Category Archives: Fracking informaation

The resource curse: how dependence on oil and gas hurts communities in the long run

New evidence clearly shows that communities impacted by an oil boom suffer long-term loss of per capita income, higher crime and lower educational attainment. Continue reading

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You’ve probably never heard of the Wilks brothers. They’re about to take away your property rights.

Will you be surprised when the Wilkses fund a 2017 legislative effort in Montana to strip local communities of their right to regulate what happens on their own land?

You shouldn’t be. 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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New report: Montana does not provide public information on legal violations committed during drilling

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” -Justice Louis Brandeis, 1913 A brand new report highlights the transparency, or lack of it, of public records on oil and gas drilling in different states. It is yet another clear … Continue reading

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Guest editorial: Senate Bill 374 ensures oil companies pay their fair share

The following editorial appeared in Butte’s Montana Standard on March 11. SB374 will be debated before the Senate Taxation Committee on Wednesday, March 18. If you support this bill, follow directions for contacting your representatives at the end of this … Continue reading

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Satire: The pros and cons of fracking

Courtesy of The Onion, a little Friday humor: Pros Blasts tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals deep underground, out of harm’s way Prompts important conversation about whether or not people have a right to clean water Chemical balance of … Continue reading

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Poplar Pipeline spill another reminder that we need to keep fighting for the long-term sustainability of our communities

The Poplar Pipeline spill Last Saturday’s massive pipeline break and oil spill in the Poplar Pipeline near Glendive is a disaster that has leaked carcinogens into the Yellowstone River and left Glendive’s residents without water. It is another in a … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania trade secret rule in jeopardy, thanks to one committed physician

We’ve often discussed how state laws are tilted in favor of oil and gas companies, but some laws are so outrageous they need to be held up to special public scrutiny. When such laws are passed, it becomes a civic … Continue reading

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The price of oil: drilling will continue for now, but we need to keep our eyes on the future

The price of oil has collapsed since fall. One result is the steep decline of the price of gas at the pump. When I first looked at falling prices on November 10, the pump price was $2.97 in Red Lodge … Continue reading

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Congratulations! You’ve just lived through the hottest year in the history of human civilization

According to the four reporting agencies that monitor earth’s temperature, 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded by thermometers, and quite likely the hottest year in the history of human civilization. As you can see if you click on the … Continue reading

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