There were lots of clear favorites in Eastern Montana GOP primaries.
And they’re off.
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.
The pessimists are right for now: The Heath oil play cutting a swath across Central Montana is no match for the Bakken.
In just eight years, Well Approach Fitness Professionals of Red Lodge has expanded five times and the latest expansion is a big one.
The unprecedented oil-and-gas boom in the Bakken and Three Forks shale underlying western North Dakota and Eastern Montana is creating tremendous wealth for some and an unprecedented number of jobs.
How long will the Bakken oil boom last?
Tom Richmond is administrator of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas.
On the off-chance that a central Montana farmer might be America's next Jed Clampett, the Montana Farmer's Union is holding oil and gas leasing classes next month.
Someday, when the massive Bakken oil play is more fully developed and pumping crude, the western North Dakota countryside will look like one giant industrial subdivision.
From now on, producers drilling for oil and gas in Montana have to disclose most of the chemicals they are using in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” under rules that recently were implemented.
The secret has been well-kept until now, but Central Montana is sitting on an oil field that some suggest could be a mini-Bakken, the boom that turned western North Dakota into the country’s top oil play.