Category Archives: Fracking Information

Action Alert: Your voice is needed to put strong Montana setback rules into place

Montana currently has no setback requirements that require many distances between wellheads and occupied dwellings or water sources. Your voice is needed to tell the Montana Board of Oil and Gas that it is time to protect Montana citizens. Continue reading

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Great Falls Tribune interview with Jim Halvorson of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas

“Drilling in the Bakken Formation in Montana has basically ceased at the current oil price, which fell dramatically last fall. There have not been many wells actually shut-in yet but there are some drilled wells that might not be put in production until the oil price improves.” Continue reading

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New study: drilling causes water contamination in Pennsylvania wells

An analysis of drinking water sampled from three homes in Bradford County, Pennsylvania revealed traces of a compound commonly found in Marcellus Shale drilling fluids, according to a study published on Monday. “This is the first documented and published demonstration … Continue reading

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US Geological Survey documents earthquakes caused by injection wells, and a new map of the Yellowstone caldera

A United States Geological Survey (USGS) document released last week documents an increase in earthquakes likely caused by human activity, mapping 17 seismically active pockets in eight states. The USGS map: While the document does not state the causes of … Continue reading

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Texas legislature seeks to undermine Denton fracking ban

The ongoing saga of the Denton, Texas fracking ban continues to send resounding messages about local control and the power of oil and gas companies to those of us concerned about protecting local property rights. You may remember that residents … Continue reading

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Investors pressure oil companies to disclose climate change risk

Investors seek more disclosure A group of investors representing $1.9 trillion in investments asked regulators last week to force oil and gas companies to provide more disclosures about climate-related risks to their businesses. The request is the latest move in … Continue reading

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What happens when Energy Corporation of America abandons a well?

You’re probably familiar with the saga of Energy Corporation of America (ECA) announcing that it planned to bring “a little bit of the Bakken” to the Beartooth Front and elsewhere in Montana. The story, for the moment at least, has … Continue reading

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Shhh. Bakken oil spill is on “confidential status”

Ho hum. Another day, another well blowout. Another 25,000 gallons of crude released in McKenzie County in the Bakken. Sure hope it doesn’t wind up in the Missouri River. Nobody hurt, and not much cause for worry. The land around … Continue reading

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Sidney, Montana: Riding the boomtown roller coaster (with NPR audio)

Sidney, Montana is riding the boomtown roller coaster. Last year we reported on Sidney’s unmet infrastructure needs as the town was  riding the upwards Bakken boom. Growth had taxed the city’s infrastructure to bursting. A summary from a Montana Public … Continue reading

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Energy Corporation of America loses lawsuit; owes over $900,000 for underpaying landowners

Last October we reported that Energy Corporation of America (ECA) was being sued in federal court for underpaying royalties to landowners. The suit, Pollock et al. v. Energy Corporation of America, went to trial this week. An eight-person jury agreed … Continue reading

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