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A collection of news and notes

Catching up on some items that have been sent to me and other things I’ve been meaning to post: Work has now started on the ECA well in Belfry. A local resident reports, ““I drove up there and sure enough … Continue reading

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ECA job opening: District Production Foreman

A sharp-eyed reader spotted this on monster.com. Anyone who is complacent about ECA’s intentions after a long cold winter should think again. District Production Foreman ECA – Energy Corporation of America – Billings, MT Energy Corporation of America is actively seeking … Continue reading

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Action Alert: Public comment period on BLM oil and gas lease sale in Stillwater County ends April 9

If you’re in Stillwater County you may be aware of a comments period on a federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lease sale that ends tomorrow, April 9. The purpose of this post is to familiarize you with the BLM … Continue reading

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How drilling tramples on property rights and lowers home values

One myth about oil and gas drilling is that it creates riches in a community in the form of increased property values. “With all the new jobs,” the industry says, “buyers will be falling all over themselves to buy your … Continue reading

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Location of the Belfry well permitted by MBOGC last week

Several people have asked about the exact location of the Hunt Creek 1-H well that the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (MBOGC) permitted last week. It took a little time to convert the MBOGC data (with some significant … Continue reading

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Nebraska bill requires tracking of water used in hydraulic fracturing

Simple, smart rules can make a big difference in ensuring sustainable water use. In Nebraska, a state that is at the beginning of the hydraulic fracturing cycle, the legislature is considering a bill (LB 856) that  would require companies that … Continue reading

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NPRC mixer in Billings this Thursday evening

The Northern Plains Resource Council will hold a mixer Thursday evening February 13 to talk about efforts to prevent oil and gas development in the Beartooth Front. Called “For the Love of the Beartooths,” the mixer will be held at … Continue reading

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More on fetal health issues, railroad safety

Updates from topics covered in previous posts. Fracking and fetal health On a couple of occasions we’ve looked at scientific studies linking birth issues with a mother’s proximity to fracking wells. On January 5, we looked at a study that … Continue reading

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Energy Corporation of America has been charged with dozens of violations and paid over $50,000 in fines in Pennsylvania

Energy Corporation of America (ECA), which recently announced plans to drill 50 wells along the Beartooth Front and promised to bring “the Bakken to the Big Horns [and the Beartooths] … and fundamentally change these areas the way it has … Continue reading

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Alberta tar sands pollution 2-3 times higher than corporate estimates

I’m not going to wade too far into the issue of the Keystone XL Pipeline because this blog focuses on issues directly related to Stillwater and Carbon counties, but I came across something today that I think is relevant. Some … Continue reading

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