BLM IS ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS AND PHOTOS
ON THE LEASE SALE UNTIL MARCH 12
Butte Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
106 N. Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to auction off 63,496 acres of public and private lands in Montana to oil and gas companies on March 13th, 2018. Some of these leases are particularly troubling — they border the community of Livingston, the Yellowstone River, and would be within in our view shed of the iconic Livingston Peak.
PCEC and local landowners filed an administrative appeal to protest the March 13, 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale proposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Butte Field Office. These leases could open the door for the oil and gas industry to frack and drill on the edge of our community.
We are concerned about these leases because they initiate a process that could lead to oil and gas development on the edge of Livingston. We don’t think these parcels are appropriate places for development – not now, in 10 years, or ever. But to be clear, leasing does not green light exploration or development. If leases are purchased, the leasing company will have to apply for a permit for exploration. This is only the first step in a long process, but as the saying goes – the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
We are getting organized early, so we have better chance of protecting our community and local economy from this new threat.
Below is an interactive map showing all proposed oil and gas leases in Montana made by Wild Earth Guardians.