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Montana oil, gas board expected to make decision on rulemaking on setback requirement

Next Wednesday, Aug. 12, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation is expected to make a decision on whether to pursue rulemaking on setback requirements for oil and gas development in Montana.

Unlike oil and gas states such as North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado, Montana currently has no such "buffer zones."

The board business meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at the BOGC hearing room, 2535 St. Johns Avenue (behind the west-end Target), Billings.

Since the beginning of 2015 Northern Plains Resource Councils and other landowners across the state have been requesting that the Board initiate rulemaking to establish setback policies.

Setbacks establish protective "buffer zones," between oil and gas wells and inhabited structures or other sensitive resources. Buffer zones in North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and other states give landowners important protections and promote public safety and private property values in areas of oil and gas development.

Northern Plains is encouraging the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation members to take up setback requirement rulemaking in order to develop a homegrown Montana solution that provides landowners basic protections in oil and gas producing regions.

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–Western Organization of Resource Councils

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