Press release: In reversal, Beartooth landowners get public hearing for oil well – Feb. 14, 2014

February 14, 2014

Categories: Agriculture, Clean Water, Events, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas

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, they were put on the schedule, but two days before the Board met, were removed from the agenda. The Board then approved the well.

In the latest action, the Board recently pulled the permit for the Energy Corporation of America well and scheduled a new public hearing for Feb. 27. The hearing will be at the BOGC office in west Billings.

The announcement for a new hearing was made at a gathering of Northern Plains members and the public at a “Protect the Beartooth Front” event at Fieldhouse Cafe in Billings Thursday night.

One farmer in the area says she wants to tell the Board about how the oil operation could affect her water.

“We want them to understand the impact it will have on this area,” said Bonnie Martinell, a Northern Plains member and farmer in Belfry. “We’re an agricultural area and we’re very dependent on our quality and quantity of water.”

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

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