Carbon County, MT

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I’ve been attending the Montana Board of Oil and Gas meetings. They seem to have changed their attitude tremendously from when we first started going. They’re really a lot more receptive to the landowner, and complaints. I hope this will continue, and that they’ll actually listen to landowners’ complaints, I think people– for one thing, going before a Board is always a little scary for people, and it’s like, “well, do I really want to do this?” and the other thing is, “what’s the use, because they’re going to go for the oil and gas industry.” And that’s pretty much been their record. It’s generally like, “well, I’m sorry, but you’re not allowed, because the mineral owner is the one who has the rights to do whatever they please.” And most of the– or a lot of the mineral owners are not the people that live on the land. They’re not even people that live in the state. Companies that own all these leases bought up a lot of them, and they really could care less about the communities, or the environment, or their impact. So that’s kind of where I’m coming from.

-Sue Beug
Carbon County, MT

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