Archive: February, 2014

Oil company’s new Montana neighbors worry about past lawsuits, violations – Billings Gazette, Feb. 28, 2014

February 28, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/oil-company-s-new-montana-neighbors-worry-about-past-lawsuits/article_e269fb3f-b511-5f21-bf9e-f21f46c2e6e6.html By Tom Lutey Energy Corp. of America, the West Virginia-based oil-and-gas company that’s promised to bring the Bakken to the Beartooth front, has an environmental record that concerns area landowners. In Pennsylvania, ECA has been fined more than $90,000 for violations ranging from fouling a trout run to discharging hazardous waste and not meeting administrative requirements. The corporation has also faced two lawsuits, one from property owners for breach of contract and a class action suit filed by mineral rights holders over royalties. “My major...
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State board approves Belfry oil well project – KTVQ TV, Feb. 27, 2014

February 27, 2014
http://www.ktvq.com/news/state-board-approves-belfry-oil-well-project/ By Victoria Fregoso BILLINGS - On a seven-to-one vote by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, an oil company can move forward with plans to sink an oil well near Belfry. The vote was made on Thursday morning after testimony from a group of Belfry landowners and representatives with a local resource council. "They failed their job," said Deb Muth, chair of the Carbon County Resource Council. "They failed to listen and once again they stood up for industry and...
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Board of Oil and Gas approves Belfry well – Billings Gazette, Feb. 27, 2014

February 27, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/board-of-oil-and-gas-approves-belfry-well/article_589c6bc1-508a-5e50-b8a7-2e4799cdd356.html By Tom Lutey The Montana Board of Oil and Gas on Thursday voted to allow a controversial horizontal oil and gas drilling operation east of Belfry. The vote came after 90 minutes of testimony from residents concerned about potential damage from hydraulic fracturing. The well is being drilled by West Virginia-based Energy Corp. of America. Board member Peggy James Nerud, of Circle, cast the only vote against the permit. She said the board’s majority was making the right vote based on the...
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Press release: Board of Oil & Gas ignores landowner concerns, OKs oil well – Feb. 27, 2014

February 27, 2014
‘We got to speak, but weren’t heard’ By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. – Despite the testimony of 10 landowners and affected citizens, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) today voted to approve a permit for the Hunt Creek deep-shale well near Belfry on the Beartooth Front. Testimony from neighbors of the drill site testified about flash floods, dry weather patterns, sandy soil, and insufficient wastewater pit lining. The local residents know the landscape and the many omissions...
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Press release: Change the way the Board of Oil & Gas does business; hold it accountable – Feb. 26, 2014

February 26, 2014
“The BOGC appears to operate hand-in-hand with the oil and gas industry, although its job is to oversee that industry on behalf of the people of Montana.” -- Bonnie Martinell, organic farmer who lives near the Belfry well site Beartooth Front's Hunt Creek well hearing Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 About 9 a.m. until we’re done Board of Oil & Gas Conservation office 2535 St. John’s Avenue (behind Target) By Northern Plains Resource Council Tomorrow is the day! Thanks to all of your support, farmers, ranchers, and other citizens...
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Letter: Railroads threaten to seize property, freedoms – Billings Gazette, Feb. 23, 2014

February 24, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/railroads-threaten-to-seize-property-freedoms/article_720d6bbe-6cf6-5691-a1ac-31e354abbcfe.html As a hunter and a person who cares about private property rights, I am concerned about what is happening in southeastern Montana right now. Landowners, many who allow public hunting access through Montana's Block Management Program, are being threatened with seizure of their property by the Tongue River Railroad Company, owned by Burlington Northern, Arch Coal and billionaire Forrest Mars. Tongue River Railroad Company says its railroad is in the public interest, but it is planning to ship public coal...
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Report warns of increased coal traffic; industry, BNSF dispute conclusions – Great Falls Tribune, Feb. 19, 2014

February 20, 2014
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20140219/NEWS01/302190025/Report-warns-increased-coal-traffic-Industry-BNSF-dispute-conclusions By Karl Puckett A new report warns that projected increases in coal trains moving across the state, on top of Bakken oil shipments, could begin hogging rail capacity, increasing shipping costs for other commodities, causing congestion and leaving communities along 38 segments in Montana and other states facing expensive infrastructure upgrades. Coal industry and BNSF spokesmen disputed the report’s conclusions and noted it was backed by Western Organization of Resources Councils, which has been critical of the impact of the coal...
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Court blocks Keystone XL route through Nebraska – Washington Examiner Feb. 19, 2014

February 19, 2014
http://washingtonexaminer.com/nebraska-court-ruling-throws-wrench-in-keystone-xl-plans/article/2544286 A Nebraska court blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through its state Wednesday, as it ruled the Nebraska law that approved a new route pushed by builder TransCanada Corp. unconstitutional. The Lancaster County District Court decision presents another obstacle for the proposed Canada-to-Texas project as it effectively halts, for the time being, the federal review process at the State Department. “Under the court’s ruling, TransCanada has no approved route in Nebraska. TransCanada is not authorized to condemn the property against...
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Train accidents stir worries about crude transport – Associated Press, Feb. 17, 2014

February 18, 2014
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/train-accidents-stir-worries-about-crude-transport Train accidents stir worries about crude transport By Matt Brown BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions. The derailments released almost 3 million gallons of oil, nearly twice as much as the largest pipeline spill in the U.S. since at least 1986. And the deadliest wreck killed 47 people in the town of...
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Press release: In reversal, Beartooth landowners get public hearing for oil well – Feb. 14, 2014

February 14, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council Members of the Northern Plains Resource Council and Carbon County Resource Council, two conservation and family agriculture groups, have won the right to have their voices heard about a proposed oil and gas well near Belfry. The two groups sued the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation for not allowing landowners to voice their concerns at a Dec. 12, 2014 hearing, despite giving notice weeks ahead of time requesting to be on the agenda. Indeed,...
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