Judge reinstates drilling lease in Badger-Two Medicine

The zombie case that just won’t die… A federal judge on Friday reinstated the last remaining drilling lease on land in the Badger-Two Medicine region near the Blackfeet Reservation, renewing the threat of industrialization on lands held sacred to the tribe even as its cultural leaders pledge to continue their fight. “It’s just more of … Continue reading Judge reinstates drilling lease in Badger-Two Medicine

Solenex sues Interior over Badger-Two Medicine ruling

They’re baaack! . . . Attorneys for a Louisiana oil and gas company have asked a federal judge to reinstate a drilling lease it held on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in the U.S. and Canada. The long-disputed energy lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area of northwestern Montana near the Blackfeet Reservation was … Continue reading Solenex sues Interior over Badger-Two Medicine ruling

Undeniable – John Murray’s lifelong work to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine from oil and gas drilling.

Good article from Patagonia’s web site . . . The Badger-Two Medicine is sacred ancestral land of the Blackfeet Nation along the Rocky Mountain Front in northern Montana, just south of the Canadian border. Here, 8,000-foot limestone peaks notch the sky and pristine rivers cut through deep canyons before spilling out onto the rolling plains. … Continue reading Undeniable – John Murray’s lifelong work to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine from oil and gas drilling.

Tester introduces Badger-Two Medicine Protection Act

Good news! It’s been a long time coming. Let’s see if it makes it though the legislative meat grinder . . . Montana Sen. Jon Tester has introduced a bill that would permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine Region just south of Marias Pass and Glacier National Park. Tester, a Democrat, announced the bill Wednesday. “A … Continue reading Tester introduces Badger-Two Medicine Protection Act

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