Category Archives: Shared Letters and Posts

Media Coverage of Beartooth Front Coalition efforts to preserve landowner rights

The efforts of landowners in southern Stillwater County to guarantee long-term protection of their land has generated a lot of media coverage locally and across Montana over the last several weeks. The reason is clear — the landowners’ lawsuit against the County has long-term implications not only locally, but for landowner rights across the State.

In addition to this coverage, local residents deluged the Commissioners with dozens of letters opposing their position on citizen-initiated zoning.

This post provides links to published articles and letters. Continue reading

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Billings Gazette editorial on fracking chemical disclosure

Last week the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation turned down a request from several conservation organizations and other residents to require increased disclosure of fracking chemicals.

This is typical for the BOGC. Earlier this year they declined to establish minimum setbacks of wellheads from occupied buildings, leaving Montana as one of the few oil and gas producing states with no required buffer zones.

Montana remains one of the most poorly regulated oil and gas producing states, largely because the BOGC is designed to conserve oil and gas interests, not the rights of the state’s residents. The fight to reform the BOGC is central to changing the balance of power in the fight to protect the state’s residents from unsafe drilling in this poorly regulated industry.

Today the Billings Gazette responded to the latest BOGC failure with a scathing editorial.

To read it, click the link. Continue reading

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Carbon County letter writer misuses information to make false arguments

I want to call your attention to a letter to the editor published in last week’s Carbon County News. It’s a great example of how people can completely misuse information to make false arguments.

The author’s main point is that a person who advocated against fracking two years ago, and who later had to be rescued after he was injured on the Beartooth Plateau, owes his survival to the fossil fuel industry.

I’m not making this up.

This is a frequent refuge for those who believe that communities should do the bidding of oil and gas operators. I get a lot of comments on this site that go something like this, “If you hate oil and gas so much, you should stop driving a car,” or, “If you really believe the things you write, you should stop using all petroleum products.”

Reasonable people don’t waste time making false arguments. They work together as community to do the right thing.

To read more about this letter, click the link. Continue reading

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Update: Letter to BLM regarding Beartooth Front lease parcel

Many thanks for the substantial response to the request earlier this week for letters to the BLM regarding oil leasing of a large parcel on the Wyoming side of the Beartooth Front. At least 15 people indicated, either here or … Continue reading

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Milestone: Preserve the Beartooth Front passes 100,000 hits

Sometime this week the 100,000th reader will drop in here at Preserve the Beartooth Front. To me this is an amazing accomplishment, one I never imagined when I started writing about oil and gas fifteen months ago. This site began … Continue reading

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Update: NPR on the personal story of Bob and Lisa Parr (audio)

Today we have an update from NPR on last week’s personal story of Bob and Lisa Parr, who last week were awarded a judgment of $2.9 million against Aruba Petroleum for creating a nuisance on their property. If you are receiving … Continue reading

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An open letter from Lou Allstadt to Rex Tillerson

From time to time this blog reposts articles and letters that are relevant to our topic. Rex Tillerson: an icon of hypocrisy Today we have a powerful open letter from Louis Allstadt to Preserve the Beartooth Front icon Rex Tillerson. … Continue reading

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Billings Gazette Guest Opinion: Mary E Fitzpatrick

Good neighbor agreements take 2 sides Reprinted from the April 27, 2014 edition of the Billings Gazette by Mary E Fitzpatrick Thanks, Gazette editorial board (Getting along with Beartooth neighbors, April 3), for highlighting a solution that could resolve community … Continue reading

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Billings Gazette Letter to the Editor: Pete Dronkers

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Billings Gazette on April 18. As the letter makes clear, ECA is just another company out to exploit oil reserves without concern for the impact they have on the local community. … Continue reading

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Guest post: Lessons learned from oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania

One of the great things about writing this blog has been the opportunity to meet people from all over the US and beyond who are engaged in the same battle to preserve a way of life from uncontrolled oil and … Continue reading

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