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Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation considers adopting drilling notification

On Dec. 14, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation considered the proposed adoption of a rule that would require oil and gas operators to notify landowners within ¼ mile of a proposed oil or gas well. If approved, notification of neighboring landowners would have to occur before wells are permitted so neighbors would have the opportunity to comment on projects while they are still in the planning phase.

The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation will meet at 2 p.m. in the hearing room at its office at 2535 St. Johns Avenue in Billings.

Since the beginning of 2015, members Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture organization, have joined with other landowners across the state in attending Board of Oil and Gas Conservation meetings urging Board members to take action to protect surface owners.

Under current regulations, landowners adjacent to an oil and gas lease receive no notice of proposed wells and therefore often miss any opportunity to come before the Board with concerns. Currently, Wyoming and North Dakota both require notification of adjacent landowners.

–Northern Plains Resource Council