Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How a Gas- and Oil-Rich Area of Montana Wilderness Was Saved From Drilling | Environment | AlterNet

How a Gas- and Oil-Rich Area of Montana Wilderness Was Saved From Drilling | Environment | AlterNet: "May 5, 2011 |

Chief Mountain is another sacred place to the Blackfeet, and the tribal council has banned development—including oil and gas—within five miles of the place. Gary Comes At Night, a Bureau of Land Management inspector for the tribe, says that everyone “is on the same page” when it comes to protecting archeological sites.
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BROWNING, MT -- Nowhere in the West does the rolling sea of the high plains meet the mountains with such dramatic effect as in northwestern Montana. State Highway 2 stretches through the northern Hi-Line for miles of coulees and intermittent creeks, antelope, buffalo and Plains Indian country, crossing the seemingly endless, expansive prairie that gives the Big Sky Country its name, before crashing abruptly into the Rocky Mountain Front. A patchwork of national park and national forests, reservation and rangeland, the"