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Ex-Forest Service leaders urge cancellation of leases

KALISPELL, Mont. — Nineteen former U.S. Forest Service Leaders are asking federal officials to cancel all oil and gas leases on land east of Glacier National Park that is considered sacred by Native Americans.

The Oct. 19 letter comes with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management set to decide whether to cancel a drilling lease owned by Louisiana-based Solenex LLC next month.

The letter is signed from retired Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth and forest supervisors from several Montana national forests

It says they see no way for drilling to happen without permanent changes affecting the land’s cultural, traditional and religious use by Blackfeet Nation.

Baton Rouge-based Solenex is suing the U.S. government to lift a decades-long suspension of the lease its owner, Sidney Longwell, acquired in 1982.

In related news, US panel: Cancel drilling lease near Glacier National Park.

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6 comments

  1. I wonder how much gas they burned in there vehicles and petroleum products they used to fight against this LMAO.

    • You are truly stupid, let me guess a g.e.d. oil field worker?

    • No native Missoula Montanan, diesel mechanic helping all those trucks burn that fuel! Let me guess you posted on your petroleum based computer or cell phone, let me guess college educated.

    • What about oilfield workers with Masters degrees? plenty of those out there….

    • Lol turn it to the right and make her bite, I have two college degrees, they didn’t get me anywhere………

    • You will prob never see any drilling over here but boy does it get the pot stirred when talking about it. I think it’s funny how people forget where all the things they use everyday come from. I’m a high school grad that did actually work for the last 2.5 years in the oil field and it was beyond high tech. No not a GED but close to the same. I was an electrician/mechanic keeping 3 new ciber rigs going costing prob 15 million dollars a piece to build. Yeah bud with your comment I’m a stupid oil field worker I think not. The new poo would be beyond your mental capability and it takes a college degree to run one of these new oil rigs. Michael Michael Perkins yes it does take some education. It’s crazy high tech. That’s why it costs 100k a day to run one.