- Beartooth landowners victorious in lawsuit against Stillwater County
- PLEASE NOTE: Change in Zoom access code for today’s hearing
- Action alert: Watch court hearing on Zoom, Thursday, 2:00 pm
- Action alert: Stillwater County Planning Board meeting, Wed, 9/4, 7pm
- Must attend! Stillwater County Planning Board: Wednesday, August 7, 7pm
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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
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 Billings Gazette, Bonnie Martinell, Carbon County Commissioners, Carbon County Growth Plan, citizen initiated zoning, clean and healthful environment, Energy Corporation of America, Montana Board of Oil and Gas, Montana legislature, Northern Plains Resource Council, Silvertip zone 4 Comments
Comparing legal points of view on the Silvertip Zone; why the petitioners prevailed
I encourage you to read these documents yourself. The truth is not the sole province of lawyers. The arguments on each side could not be more clear. Read them and see for yourself why the Commissioners sided with the petitioners. Continue reading
Lawrence VanDyke resurfaces in Nevada, and reminder to attend key meetings this week
One more election follow up: Lawrence VanDyke, the Montana Solicitor General who opposed Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat in last month’s election, has left the state and resurfaced as the new Nevada Solicitor General. You’ll recall that VanDyke, who … Continue reading
A personal story: Cathy McMullen, Denton Texas
Cathy McMullen, Denton Texas We’ve talked about the Denton, Texas fracking ban and its legal aftermath. Today we have the personal story of Cathy McMullen, the local citizen who led the fight. This is one of a series of personal stories … Continue reading
Canceled: Carbon County Growth Policy meeting Tuesday, November 25 in Red Lodge
NOTE: The meeting tonight has been postponed due to weather and lack of a quorum. It has been rescheduled for December 16. Here’s something concrete and specific you can do to protect your community from unregulated oil and gas development: … Continue reading