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Oil industry group names ex-senator as executive director

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Petroleum Association has named a former Republican state senator as its next executive director. MPA officials said in a statement Tuesday that Alan Olson of Roundup will replace Dave Galt, who resigned after 10 years as the association’s executive director. The MPA advocates for the state’s oil and gas industry. Olson left the Montana Legislature ...

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ARCO counter-sues Montana residents in ongoing legal battle

BUTTE, Mont. — An oil company has counter-sued residents of Opportunity and Crackerville who are seeking further cleanup of a mine smelter site than is required by federal regulators. The Montana Standard reports that the Atlantic Richfield Co. filed a federal lawsuit naming 97 residents, claiming their long legal fight for cleanup of smelter waste contamination will interfere with cleanup ...

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Lawmakers question delays in energy lease sales

oil and gas eases were sold in Utah

BILLINGS, Mont. — Members of Congress from eleven states say they’re concerned about postponements to recent oil and gas lease sales. The lawmakers wrote U.S. Interior Department Assistant Secretary Janice Schneider asking her to explain the delays by Jan. 5. They cited postponed sales on public lands in Arkansas, Utah and Michigan. The effort is led by two Utah House ...

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Montana Petroleum Association head resigns after 10 years

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Petroleum Association officials say its executive director is resigning after 10 years on the job. Spokeswoman Jessica Sena said Wednesday that Dave Galt submitted his resignation to the association’s board a month ago. He plans to remain in the position until his replacement is hired early next year. Sena says Galt wants to explore new opportunities ...

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Montana oil and gas officials distance themselves from setting buffer zones between wells, homes

Montana’s Board of Oil and Gas will wait to decide whether to require minimum distances between oil wells and homes. The setbacks, sought by landowners and environmentalists worried about well hazards and property values, are on the books in neighboring states but not in Montana. Supporters requested buffer zones of a quarter mile, more than double the distances in other ...

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Montana panel to consider drilling buffer zones near homes

HELENA, Mont. — Montana regulators were expected to decide Wednesday whether they should follow neighboring energy-producing states in creating buffer zones that set a minimum distance between homes and oil and gas drilling sites. The state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation is set to take up the issue of drilling setbacks at its meeting in Billings. If it decides ...

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Board weighs buffers between homes, drilling for oil and gas

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana oil and gas regulators are considering a requirement for energy companies to maintain a buffer between homes and drilling activities. The state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation has scheduled a special session in Billings on Wednesday to take public comment on the issue. Board Administrator Jim Halvorson says a rule to establish drilling buffers was ...

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