SIDNEY - A legislative subcommittee will visit Eastern Montana this month to talk to residents about oil industry regulations.
The panel will tour sites around Sidney on Thursday and will hold a public meeting at 8 a.m. on Friday at Sidney's Elks Lodge.
Topics on the agenda include reclamation and bonding for oil and gas operations, and how to handle split estates, when one party owns the surface rights to a piece of land and another owns the mineral rights.
The subcommittee of the state Environmental Quality Council was created by the 2005 Montana Legislature to study surface use agreements for all mineral developments, and reclamation and bonding for coal-bed methane operations.
Members previously held public meetings and tours in Havre and in Sheridan, Wyo.