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Lawsuit challenges cancellation of Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas lease

Badger-Two Medicine Region
Badger-Two Medicine Region

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” . . .

A prominent Texas oilman has filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging it illegally canceled his oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park and is seeking to reinstate his right to extract mineral resources in an area considered culturally sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe.

The lawsuit, filed April 3 in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, names as plaintiff the billionaire oilman W.A. Moncrief Jr., president of one of the nation’s largest family-owned oil and gas businesses. It names as defendants the U.S. Department of the Interior and Jamie Connell, state director of the Montana-Dakotas Office of the Bureau of Land Management.

The legal dispute comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s historic decision in January to cancel the final two remaining leases on the Badger-Two Medicine, marking a hard-fought victory for members of the Blackfeet Nation who have worked to jettison a host of energy leases from their sacred homeland for three decades.

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News bites from here and there

Debo Powers passed along these interesting items from our corner of the country . . .

Here is a blog from Sally Cathey, MWA field director for southwest Montana, calling for public comments on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Plan.

Keep the Quiet

And here is an article about a nonviolent protest that really worked! It reminds me of how John Frederick bought stock in a Canadian mine in the North Fork and went to the stockholder’s meeting to speak against the mine. This is creativity in action!

Auction of Utah oil & gas leases spurs author Terry Tempest Williams to (legally) buy lease