Blog Archive

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on August 27, 2018 - 1:39pm
As printed for the Montana Petroleum Association Treasure State Journal

“Are you KIDDING me?? You want to RESCIND the methane rule? Who ARE you?,” wrote one person anonymously to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) this spring. Another commented, “The BLM should be restricting toxic methane emissions, not encouraging them. Honor our laws and the regulations that spring from them.”

Predictably, these points of view dominated the 223,585 public comments submitted to BLM on plans to revise the venting and flaring rule. The comments reflect the deepening lack of understanding around...

by Kathleen Sgamma, President on August 21, 2018 - 12:17pm

We’ve already seen companies like New Belgium Brewery and Patagonia fund anti-fracking environmental groups and activities. And of course the Outdoor Industry Association and many of its members are advocating against responsible oil and natural gas development on public lands.  

But Bank of the West took it up a notch earlier this month with a social media post that kicked off a major campaign. The Craig Press reported that the original Facebook post said “We've made the decision to take action; we will no longer fund tobacco, coal, fracking, or Arctic drilling." But then the post...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on August 7, 2018 - 2:52pm

Last time the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was updated was 1988, back when George Michael’s Faith topped Billboard’s chart and Die Hard led the box office. Fast forward three decades and momentum is building in Washington to modernize the Act. In the last month a host...