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Solenex well site is the last remaining oil lease in Badger-Two-Medicine.
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Wilderness advocates and a Texas oil company agreed Tuesday to end an oil and gas lease on land considered sacred to the Blackfeet Nation. The settlement permanently removes all but one of the development leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area.


A U.S. government watchdog agency that works for Congress says taxpayers could potentially face hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands.

Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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A federal judge presided over a hearing this week in Great Falls that focused on a Trump administration request to dismiss a lawsuit from Native American Tribes who want to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.

Jenn Rowell, founder and editor of The Electric in Great Falls covered Thursday’s hearing and joins us now to share her reporting.

Montana proposed regulations on Friday that outline what facilities need to do to dispose of radioactive waste while also monitoring for environmental side effects.

Map of Solenex Lease site in the Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park
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A newly appointed Bureau of Land Management official needs to recuse himself from decisions related to the Badger-Two Medicine area because he has a conflict of interest. That's according to according to the environmental group Earthjustice.

Greater sage-grouse.
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The Trump Administration today finalized plans that will open millions of acres in the West to oil and gas development and strip protections for a struggling greater sage-grouse.

Court Upholds Ruling That Bars Keystone XL Pipeline Work

Mar 15, 2019
Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a Montana judge's ruling barring construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

TransCanada had asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put the ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on hold while its appeal is pending, and allow the Calgary-based company to begin building the pipeline.

Thermostat. File photo.
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Natural gas price spikes are translating into unusually high cold-weather heating bills for many Americans.

Montana customers of NorthWestern Energy, however, are an exception and will probably see stable natural gas prices this winter.

Map of Solenex lease site in the Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park
Courtesy Montana Wilderness Association

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told the Associated Press today that the federal government plans to appeal a federal court ruling allowing oil and gas drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine area outside Glacier National Park.

The Badger-Two Medicine is the site of the creation story for the Blackfoot Tribes, and is located on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, adjacent to the Blackfeet Reservation.

Tribes: Trump Illegally Approved Oil Pipeline From Canada

Sep 10, 2018
Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration on Monday, claiming it approved an oil pipeline from Canada without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

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