Exercising our rights

To the Editor, There’s been some coverage lately of the grassroots efforts going on in Carbon and Stillwater counties to raise awareness about the imminent oil drilling that is moving into the area. Unfortunately, I think there is even more to this story that needs to be clarified and represented that was not fairly portrayed. Oil & Gas Board member and Sidney Mayor, Brett Smelser was offended by protests, and in one article made it sound like our comments were NIMBY “not in my backyard”. As an organization with members across the entire state, especially representing eastern Montana, we understand the importance of place and water to each community. We are simply exercising our constitutional right to meaningful protest of a development that will affect all of us. Participating is this process is one of the most important ways to making sure it is done right. The Beartooth Front is a very special place, but so is all of Montana, the Last Best Place. We want to work with our communities and ALL politicians to make sure our communities have a voice and that it’s heard. No landowners were warned that these wells would be drilled next door, that waste pits would dot their properties, or that traffic will be increasing 50 fold, so we are here to change that. We are sorry Mayor Smelser felt it necessary to tell us that Sidney has not been ruined by oil and gas development. All we are trying to do is make sure that the Beartooth Front is not ruined. Lana Sangmeister Stillwater Protective Association Northern Plains Resource Council Nye

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, February 19, 2018 - 6:00pm
    The Beartooth Elks Lodge will be hosting the monthly complimentary Veterans Dinner at the Lodge, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.  All Veterans and their families are invited to attend. Please call 446-1812 to make reservations. It is helpful to have a headcount ahead of time so the caterer can prepare enough food.
  • Monday, February 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (All day)
    The Red Lodge Carnegie Library will be closed, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents' Day. It will reopen, Feb. 21.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:30pm
    Red Lodge Call to Action (RLCTA) meets the third week of each month from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Honey's Cafe. Non-partisan and open to all, the purpose of the group is to empower our community to be effective activists on local, state and national issues. The next meeting will be Feb. 20.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.