Frack Fighters

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, members of the Carbon County Resource Council (CCRC) along with many Carbon County residents braved the cold to participate in a rally at the courthouse in Billings against fracking in the Beartooths. Afterwards, they headed to Energy Corporation of America’s (ECA) new office in Billings to deliver a petition against fracking along the Beartooth Front. They had gathered a record 4,500 signatures against it. “I am humbled by the response,” said CCRC Chair Deborah Muth. The petition was a grassroots effort by locals signed by residents, by tourists, by Billings locals who love coming to Red Lodge and by people from around the county. Many were hikers, skiers, sightseers and multi-generation farmers and ranchers who did not want the changes proposed. A hearing scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, with the Board of Oil and Gas Council on ECA’s permit application for drilling in the Belfry area has been canceled due to a technical requirement. Muth said, “Now, I've also been told that ECA can wave this technical requirement but refused to do so, and that is why the BOGC has canceled this hearing Thursday, Dec. 12. So we're calling upon ECA to wave this requirement to allow the public comment to go forward.” A recent CCN poll showed 85 percent of the population were against fracking. Muth expressed concern that no before and after drilling tests of local water are required, nor is there any right on the part of a landowner to be notified of a spill by state laws and regs. Even if a state agency must respond, said a Montana Department of Environmental Protection agency official, there is no duty to tell the landowner who may or may not be in view of the spill.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 8:00am
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 1:00pm
    Take a break from your holiday shopping and spend your afternoon playing bingo! Come out, join the fun, and celebrate the holidays on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
    Red Lodge Dance Group looking for new members. Beginners very welcome. Need not be a couple, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., at Roosevelt Middle School Cafeteria.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 - 12:00pm
    The Red Lodge Community Blood Drive will be held Dec. 18 at St. Agnes Catholic Church.  Appointments are offered from 12 noon - 5 p.m. and can be made online at Walk-ins are also accepted if time allows. Contact Christie at (406) 210-8678 for questions or to make an appointment.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
    All Veterans and their families are invited to a complimentary holiday dinner Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Broadway in Red Lodge.  Please call 446-1812 to make reservations.