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Repost: A visit to the front in the war against rural America

Last week I took advantage of the beautiful Montana spring weather to drive over to Belfry. There I could see for myself the site of the well recently permitted by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC). It … Continue reading

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Local journalists elevate storytelling to high art in chronicling Bakken

Last June four Montana journalists set off for the Bakken region to do in depth coverage of the past, present and future of the region. Their goal, in what they have called The High Plains Heritage Project, is to produce a full documentary by … Continue reading

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Update: New information on railway safety (with video)

Today we have an update from previous posts on railway safety issues associated with oil transport, and have a look at new information on trends in this area. On June 18 the web site Politico provided an analysis of federal … Continue reading

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Who pays for infrastructure? You do. The case of Sidney, Montana

Yesterday’s post was about infrastructure, roads and taxes. The basic argument was: Infrastructure costs go up as oil and gas drilling expands. Because the benefits or drilling — corporate profits, jobs, increase in the supply of oil — are distributed … Continue reading

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A personal story: Michelle Thomas, Williston, North Dakota

“A lot of single people are having difficulty.” -Michelle Thomas Telling personal storiesThe oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in many locations across North America, and there are now a lot of stories about … Continue reading

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ECA is hard at work on the Belfry well, and — no surprise — they’re already “bringing the Bakken to the Beartooths”

Energy Corporation of America (ECA) began work last week on the well in Belfry recently permitted by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC). A local resident reports, “They unloaded equipment on Wednesday and Thursday, and by Saturday we had a full city, including phone.”  … Continue reading

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The Halliburton Loophole protects companies that spew toxic mist at their neighbors

Last week we reported on the Halliburton Loophole to the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. It’s the law that Dick Cheney engineered in 2005 that enables the oil and gas industry to keep from telling us what chemicals they use in fracking … Continue reading

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A personal story: Steve and Jacki Schilke, Williston Basin, North Dakota

“I have gone from living in an agricultural community to living in an industrial area.”                               -Jacki Schilke Telling personal storiesThe oil and gas boom has … Continue reading

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A visit to the front in the war against rural America

Last week I took advantage of the beautiful Montana spring weather to drive over to Belfry. There I could see for myself the site of the well recently permitted by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC). It … Continue reading

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Two videos illustrate the conflict between fracking and a rural way of life

Today we have two videos that provide sobering food for thought. The two together run 37 minutes, and watching them will provide important perspective on how oil and gas drilling transforms the lives of rural communities. The first video is one … Continue reading

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