SIDNEY — In the City Council chambers of this Bakken boom town hangs a crude map of Montana dividing the east’s oil revenue makers from the west’s oil revenue takers.
A Denver energy company will begin drilling an oil well near Belfry — and possibly use hydraulic fracking — this spring, despite protests in Billings on Wednesday by about 80 opponents.
Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation member Bret Smelser, of Sidney, talks to rancher Larry Smith at the board meeting in Billings on Wednesday.
HELENA — Local officials in Eastern Montana’s oil boom cities and counties aren’t happy with Gov. Steve Bullock’s veto this week of a bill creating a $35 million fund for infrastructure projects in these areas. “It surprised all of us out here,” Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser said Thursday. “All…
HELENA — In last week’s hearing on a bill to raise Montana’s minuscule production tax on new oil-and-gas wells to help pay for impacts from booming oil development, we heard this statement: “There is no oil boom in Eastern Montana.”
Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser said positive identification of remains recovered Wednesday near Williston, N.D., as those of teacher Sherry Arnold will bring some closure to the community and the Arnold family.
SIDNEY — Shortly after Sherry Arnold disappeared in early January and residents here learned foul play was likely, the town's mayor, Bret Smelser, held a community meeting.
SIDNEY — Russ Atkins poured from a white plastic cup a loose, gelatin concoction that wiggled as Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer poked and pulled at it with his fingers.
As thousands of workers and their families move to North Dakota's Bakken oil field in search of jobs, nearby rural Montana communities' resources are being pushed to the limit.
SIDNEY -- Law enforcement officials are offering few details about the death of Sidney High School teacher Sherry Arnold, or the two men possibly involved with her disappearance.
Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser has felt pressure from the booming Bakken oil fields.
Some 50 Billings businesses are busy answering the calls from 350 oil companies hungry for workers, trucks, pipe and more, so they can keep pumping crude out of Eastern Montana and western North Dakota.