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

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 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.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:30am
    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
    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.
  • Thursday, January 25, 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.
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.