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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.

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Billings Gazette Editorial: Landowners deserve protection before drilling starts

Published January 29, 2015 Most Montanans support responsible energy development, valuing clean air, water and land as well as the oil and gas that powers our travel and heats our homes. Where we often disagree is on the definition of … Continue reading

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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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Guest post: The truth about the Silvertip Zone

by Bonnie Martinell I am a produce farmer and one of the landowners who are working with the County Commissioners to establish the Silvertip Zone in Belfry.  Our goal is to protect our health, safety, water, property rights and livelihoods. … Continue reading

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Let’s put one of the oil industry’s great lies to rest once and for all: a list of 243 water wells contaminated by drilling activity in Pennsylvania

You’ll find this quote from former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson in pretty much every pro-drilling article ever written: “I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.” If you’ve followed the EPA’s mishandling of … Continue reading

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The state of Montana provides insufficient regulatory support for water testing. See for yourself.

We have discussed water testing at length on this blog. It is a critical component for communities in preparing for oil and gas drilling. Simply put, if you don’t do baseline testing — testing the state of your water before … Continue reading

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More on water testing education, in person and online

Water testing seminar in Red Lodge Don’t forget to register for the water testing seminar in Red Lodge on Thursday, June 5, at the Carbon County Fairgrounds at 7:00 pm. The event is jointly sponsored by the Carbon County Resource Council and Montana State University Extension. You … Continue reading

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Don’t miss it — water testing seminar in Red Lodge, June 5 at 7pm

Many people ask what they can do to protect their property from potential oil drilling in the area. My response is always to do everything they can to make sure their water is protected. The single most important way to … Continue reading

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Alaska adopts strict new rules for fracking. What about Montana?

It’s interesting to see what other states do while Montana twiddles its thumbs. Alaska’s oil and gas regulatory body has adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing that include increased testing of water wells for contamination. Final regulations are now being … Continue reading

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