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Oil and gas: 10 lessons for 2015

2014 was a tumultuous year along the Beartooth Front. It began with our communities reeling from an announcement by Energy Corporation of America that the company planned to bring “a little bit of the Bakken” here, a quick drilling permit … Continue reading

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Screening of the film “Split Estate” at Cafe Regis in Red Lodge, Thursday, October 16

I felt the film was quite balanced considering the press that it’s been given. I thought the scientist’s were believable and not agenda driven. Continue reading

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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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Citizen initiated zoning: a way to restore fairness to oil and gas drilling in Montana

Oil and gas drilling in Montana is fundamentally unfair to landowners. Because of the way the law and institutions are structured, landowners have few rights, and the deck is stacked unfairly in favor of those who profit from oil and gas … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation

The Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) is not serving the needs of the people of the state and is in need of substantive reform. The current BOGC model may have worked better back in history when mineral extraction … 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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A personal story: Terry and Teresa Jackson, West Virginia

“They have no right to pollute my property, to desecrate the land we own. If I was out here pouring chemicals on my property, I’d be in jail.” -Teresa Jackson Telling personal stories The oil and gas boom has been underway … Continue reading

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What does Australia know that Montana doesn’t?

Sometimes it’s useful to look at business practices in other countries to see clear examples of how oil and gas policies in the US disempower property owners.. In Montana and throughout most of the West, most estates are split: surface rights … Continue reading

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How to find out who owns the mineral rights to your land

If you are a landowner in Carbon or Stillwater County, now is the time to determine whether or not you own the mineral rights under your land. Unified vs. split estates If you are lucky, your estate is unified, or … Continue reading

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Who booms and who busts when drilling expands along the Beartooth front?

You may have seen the recent study that showed that rents in the Bakken are higher than anywhere else in the country. It’s amazing to see what a one-bedroom apartment costs, with Williston and Dickinson way ahead of Boston, New … Continue reading

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