When I first started being concerned about oil and gas, it was because we had some issues in our own county, and then I got to thinking back about the fact that I had grown up with oil and gas, and it seemed like Montana was definitely not as protective as other states, and I was very concerned about that. So I started really researching what we had for regulations, and what kind of things we had that would help people. And I started doing things like going to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas, which, the first couple of times, was a little scary, and then you figure out that these are just people, like you and me, and though they may have very different opinions, most of them are pretty willing to listen to you. So I think everybody should be a little more concerned about their environment, and where we’re going, and it doesn’t take that much to inform yourself. And if we don’t do something now, particularly in the state of Montana — we have a chance now, while the oil prices are down, to actually make an impact, and set some rules and regulations, which oil and gas in other states has to do. So there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have the same sorts of rules and regulations here as other people do in other places.
Carbon County, MT