Protect eastern Montana from Exxon’s polluter pipe dream!

Our friends and neighbors in Carter County are facing a problem we see all too often in this region. An out-of-state corporation is seeking to impose its will on a rural community, threatening our land, water, and safety while expecting us to foot the bill for a project we don’t want and can’t afford. 

The Snowy River Carbon Dioxide Sequestration project is being proposed by a subsidiary of Exxon named Denbury Inc. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a process that is supposed to collect or “capture” carbon dioxide pollution from mining, drilling, and burning fossil fuels. The carbon pollution is then transported by pipelines to sites where it is used for new fossil fuel development or stored underground. 

While carbon sequestration sounds good on paper, this incredibly expensive technology remains unproven, has a track record of dangerous pipeline ruptures, and is more a pipe dream than a legitimate solution to curb climate pollution.

Right now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on the Snowy River project where carbon dioxide pollution would be transported by pipelines and forced underground into “pore spaces” on our public lands. We need to tell BLM that Montanans can’t afford the costs and risks of the Snowy River CO2 pollution project! 

Here are some of the concerns Carter County residents have about this project:

  • Health and safety risks: In 2020, a Mississippi pipeline owned by Denbury ruptured leading to over 40 hospitalizations and the evacuation of 300 residents. There are also credible reports of ruptures on existing Denbury-operated lines in Montana.

  • Risks to land, water, and agriculture: Storing massive amounts of carbon pollution from industrial projects underground, which likely contains other contaminants, risks harm to groundwater quality and quantity as well as risks to the stability of local geography.

  • Taxpayer burdens: This project would waste taxpayer dollars while only benefiting Denbury’s financial interests.

  • Harm to public lands: This project will limit access and degrade public lands used for recreation and that are home to cultural artifacts. We shouldn’t turn pristine grasslands into an industrial dumping ground.

(NOTE: Thanks to those who have already commented and called, BLM extended the comment period by a month! Your voice matters.)

Fill out the form below to submit a comment by 9 AM, Wednesday, April 17 at the latest (but the sooner the better!)

You can have an even bigger impact by personalizing your comment to tell BLM why this issue matters to to you!

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