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Continental Resources, Inc. Message Board

  • dkwilk dkwilk Nov 19, 2007 4:44 PM Flag

    Pace of drilling could expand in Montana

    this is a exert from a artilce published today @

    Lease sale coming up

    On Nov. 27, the BLM will offer 215 leases for sale covering 227,654 acres in Montana. Most are in traditional oil- and gas-producing areas in the central and eastern parts of the state, but some are in Western Montana.

    The BLM has responsibility for oil and gas leases on its lands, national forest lands and private lands where the federal government has mineral rights.

    The agency can refuse leasing requests if they threaten wildlife habitat, but some environmental protections can be waived at the request of companies. The companies post bonds and other fees, but those fees often fall far short of costs incurred closing wells and cleaning up drill sites.

    Drilling on federal lands in five Western states Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico has doubled over the past decade to more than 2,000 wells per year, and another 118,000 wells are planned, according to the Environmental Working Group and the National Wildlife Federation.

    According to the Government Accountability Office, the BLM doesn't have enough time for oil and gas field inspections or to care for wildlife, cultural resources and the environment because it's so busy processing drilling permit applications.

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