Tag Archives: Carbon County Commissioners

A win for local activists: Carbon County passes county-wide oil and gas regulations

The Carbon County Commissioners today passed new regulations to protect citizens from the dangers of oil and gas drilling, a significant win for local activists. The Development Regulations update, the first since 1989, follows the County’s adoption of an updated Growth Policy last year.

The regulations mark a rare Montana victory for the tireless activists in Carbon County who have worked on landowner protections for nearly three years since Energy Corporation of America announced plans to “bring a little bit of the Bakken” to the Beartooth Front.

The constant pressure has paid off, and the Commissioners have relented from their initial opposition to regulation. This is a real win for Carbon County citizens. The new regulations afford genuine protections that are not provided by other Montana laws, and they would not have happened without the dedicated work of these local activists, people like Susann Beug, Deb Muth, Becky Grey and Bonnie Martinell, and Maggie Zaback of Northern Plains.

It is important to recognize that protection against oil and gas drilling is an endless battle, and these rules are a small step in a long fight. But in the meantime, it is important to recognize that local activism bears fruit. It’s not easy, and requires commitment over the long haul. All credit goes to those who worked to make this happen. Local residents should thank them for their work. Continue reading

Posted in Community Organization, Politics and History | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

Montana Board of Oil and Gas refuses to take up setbacks

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) decided not to take up rulemaking for setbacks. Instead, they created a review panel to consider the issue. This is another example of a Montana state agency running roughshod over the rights of surface owners, whose only recourse is local regulation.

The record speaks for itself. The state of Montana has no interest in setting up reasonable protections for landowners from oil and gas drilling. It is up to local landowners to do it themselves, using provisions for citizen initiated zoning established in Montana law. Continue reading

Posted in Community Organization, Politics and History | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Bakken, Community Organization, Politics and History | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Community Organization, Politics and History | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Hearing on Silvertip Zone case in Red Lodge on Thursday, June 4 at 1:30pm

A hearing will be held on Thursday, June 4 in Red Lodge in the case of Martinell, et al,  v. Board of County Commissioners of Carbon County, et al. This is the suit filed by residents of the proposed Silvertip … Continue reading

Posted in Community Organization | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Fracking Information | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Guest Post: Why Silvertip landowners filed suit against the Carbon County Commissioners

by Bonnie Martinell I am one of a group of Belfry landowners who recently filed suit against the Carbon County Commissioners to vindicate our right to protect our property, health, and livelihoods through local action. On February 13, seven landowners … Continue reading

Posted in Community Organization, Politics and History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Timeline of events leading to legal action by Silvertip landowners

Last week landowners in the Silvertip area of Belfry filed a legal action to overturn the Carbon County Commissioners’ rejection of their attempts to form a citizen initiated zone Here is a timeline of events leading up to this action: … Continue reading

Posted in Community Organization, Politics and History | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Belfry landowners file legal challenge to Commissioners’ rejection of Silvertip Zone

Red Lodge, MT – Today, seven landowners filed a legal challenge in state district court to the Carbon County Commission’s rejection of their petition for land use regulations to protect their private properties from the harmful effects of oil and … Continue reading

Posted in Community Organization, Politics and History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Commissioners action in denying Silvertip Zone clearly illegal (video)

When the Carbon County Commissioners acted last Thursday to rescind their motion to go forward on the Silvertip Zone because of landowner protests, they chose to ignore a recent Montana Supreme Court decision that clearly makes such protests illegal. You … Continue reading

Posted in Community Organization | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments