Court upholds cancellation of Solonex’s Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas lease

Solonex lost big in court this week in their effort to retain their oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine. Unless the case goes to the Supreme Court, that puts paid to the last lease in the region . . . A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. upheld the cancellation of the last … Continue reading Court upholds cancellation of Solonex’s Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas lease

Moncrief Oil permanently retires 7,600-acre lease in Badger-Two Medicine

Some good news for the Badger-Two Medicine region: Moncrief Oil has retired their oil and gas lease. Only the Solonex leases remain in contention . . . One of two contentious oil and gas leases is no longer a threat to a sacred wild land south of Glacier National Park. On Tuesday, the Wilderness Society … Continue reading Moncrief Oil permanently retires 7,600-acre lease in Badger-Two Medicine

Appeals Court hears oral arguments in Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas case

  As we mentioned yesterday, the latest chapter in the battle over oil and gas leases in the Badger-two Medicine region opened with oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. The Missoulian has an excellent report on the hearing . . . The legal battle over … Continue reading Appeals Court hears oral arguments in Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas case

Last Badger-Two Medicine energy ease on the line

The next chapter in the battle over oil and gas leases in the Badger-two Medicine region opens today with oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. The Flathead Beacon has a good article, including links to online information . . . Last October, leaders of the … Continue reading Last Badger-Two Medicine energy ease on the line

Moncrief retires drilling lease in Badger-Two Medicine; one more to go

Well, now. This is good news. Moncrief Oil relinquished their drilling lease in the The Badger-Two Medicine region Tuesday, leaving only one, stubborn holdout: Solonex . . . Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation on Tuesday celebrated another victory in their mission to furnish permanent protections on the sacred Badger-Two Medicine area after Moncrief Oil relinquished … Continue reading Moncrief retires drilling lease in Badger-Two Medicine; one more to go

In Badger-Two Medicine, Interior to defend Solonex cancellation, but lets Moncrief lease ride

This is likely not as bad as it sounds. The feds are going to dig in and fight the Solonex lease in the Badger-Two Medicine region. The Moncrief lease doesn’t even have a permit to drill and would require a huge battle just to get past that step. I’d guess the government made the pragmatic … Continue reading In Badger-Two Medicine, Interior to defend Solonex cancellation, but lets Moncrief lease ride

It’s official: Notice of appeal filed in Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas lease case

The U.S. Department of the Interior came through on their promises and filed a notice of appeal in the legal dispute over gas and oil drilling leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region . . . Attorneys representing the U.S. Department of the Interior, tribal and environmental groups Tuesday filed a notice of appeal challenging a … Continue reading It’s official: Notice of appeal filed in Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas lease case

Trump administration sides with tribes in Badger-Two Medicine drilling lease dispute

Everyone can stop holding their collective breath. The feds are indeed going to fight reinstatement of oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region . . . The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana … Continue reading Trump administration sides with tribes in Badger-Two Medicine drilling lease dispute

A call to defend the Badger-Two Medicine

Here’s one of the more elegant of the recent crop of op-eds encouraging Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to appeal a recent court decision to restore oil and gas leases to the Badger-Two Medicine region . . . Today, Native Americans serve in the U.S. military at the highest rate per capita of any … Continue reading A call to defend the Badger-Two Medicine

Federal judge reinstates Badger-Two Medicine oil leases

A D.C. District Court judge reinstated a set of disputed oil leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region. The saga continues. Expect an appeal . . . The government’s decision to cancel an oil and gas lease in the Badger-T wo Medicine area of Montana was “arbitrary and capricious” and the lease should be reinstated, a … Continue reading Federal judge reinstates Badger-Two Medicine oil leases