Press release: Change the way the Board of Oil & Gas does business; hold it accountable – Feb. 26, 2014

February 26, 2014

Categories: Clean Water, Landowner Rights, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas, Uncategorized

“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 will have an opportunity to participate in the permitting of a well very near their land and homes. Northern Plains Resource Council and Carbon County Resource Council (CCRC) have been granted a hearing for the Hunt Creek well near Belfry tomorrow morning (Feb. 27) around 9 a.m.

Although this win is exciting and will give landowners an opportunity to  meaningfully participate, this isn’t over — not by a long shot.

In early January, Northern Plains and CCRC sued the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC), becauseweb-MuthLenherrMartinell_cropped they were denied their constitutional right to meaningfully participate in a hearing on December 12, 2013. The permit was administratively approved, and a checklist Environmental Assessment released simultaneously.

Now, it’s time for the BOGC to represent the people, not just be a doormat for oil & gas corporations.   All over America, including Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota, tremendous damage is being done to rural communities and small towns by unregulated, unmonitored oil & gas corporations.  We want the BOGC to act in the public’s interest by requiring the highest and best practices available to regulate, monitor and enforce any and all oil & gas corporations’ activity in Montana. If they can’t do that, they shouldn’t drill at all.

Northern Plains and its affiliates are joining together to change the way Big Oil does business in this state, and in the Beartooths. Communities across the country have banded together to impose bans, moratoriums, water-testing standards, and tighter regulations on one of the most powerful, unchecked, and destructive industries in the world — and we’re setting the tone for Montana.

Please come support Belfry landowners at our new hearing. With your support, they will show the BOGC that the public’s voice is worth listening to, and it’s required by law.

Also, thanks so much for all of your support in protecting the Beartooth Front. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute to the Beartooth Front Defense Fund, please click here.

For more information, call Maggie or Hannah at 406-248-1154.

NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154
info@northernplains.org