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Montana Board Of Oil And Gas Conservation

Conservationists seek judge to overturn drilling permit granted without public hearing

Conservationists seek judge to overturn drilling permit granted without public hearing

Conservation groups that have lined up against oil extraction along southern Montana's Beartooth mountains sued a state oversight board on Wednesday after it approved an initial drilling permit without a public hearing.

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Rancher Larry Smith

Rancher Larry Smith

Rancher Larry Smith states his concerns about oil development in the Red Lodge area to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation at their board meeting in Billings on Wednesday.

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Bonnie Martinell

Bonnie Martinell

Organic farmer Bonnie Martinell voices concerns about hydraulic fracking and oil development near her Bridger farm during a meeting Wednesday in Billings.

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Deborah Muth

Deborah Muth

Deborah Muth states her concerns about oil development in the Red Lodge area to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation in Billings on Wednesday.

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Board Chair Linda Nelson

Board Chair Linda Nelson

Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation chair Linda Nelson answers a question at their board meeting in Billings on Wednesday.

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Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott speaks out against oil and gas development along the Beartooth Front Wednesday in Billings.

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Bret Smelser

Bret Smelser

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.

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Bonnie Martinell

Bonnie Martinell

Bonnie Martinell, shown at a December Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation meeting in December, is part of the Carbon County Resource Council, which is petitioning for zoning to regulate water and noise pollution near an ECA well near Belfry.

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Oil well near Belfry approved; Red Lodge residents talk fears of Bakken-like atmosphere at town meeting

Oil well near Belfry approved; Red Lodge residents talk fears of Bakken-like atmosphere at town meeting

RED LODGE — Even before Red Lodge-area residents started their meeting Tuesday evening about expanded oil-and-gas development in their backyard, one permit to drill a well near Belfry was a done deal.

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Residents plan protest over Beartooth fracking plan this week

Residents plan protest over Beartooth fracking plan this week

Residents concerned with plans by a Denver energy company to drill about 50 oil and natural gas wells near the Beartooth Mountains — and more wells in the Bighorn Basin — are planning a rally in Billings on Wednesday.

December 09, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Capitol ideas for dealing with oil impacts

In the second week of March, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation:

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Gazette opinion: Community agenda: Let's move Montana forward in 2013

Gazette opinion: Community agenda: Let's move Montana forward in 2013

On New Year's Day, The Billings Gazette editorial board looks forward to the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead. Continuing a practice started several years ago, we present a community agenda, a short list of issues that we believe deserve attention in 2013. We believe our state …

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Guest opinion: Resident taxpayers asked to subsidize oil drilling

My husband, Steve, and I believe capitalism motivates innovation. We raise and market grass-fed beef and lamb and try to make a profit at our business.

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Gazette opinion: Let's move community forward in 2012

Gazette opinion: Let's move community forward in 2012

On Jan. 1, The Gazette editorial board looks forward to key public issues that demand attention in our community, region and state. Our list is not comprehensive, but it includes items that citizens can work on together in the new year.

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Guest opinion: Proposed fracking rules raise red flags

A public hearing with statewide significance for decades to come will be held June 15 in Sidney. Called by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, the hearing will focus on proposed rules governing a practice known as hydraulic fracturing — “fracking” for short.

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