So far just one place has been saved from all the gas development in the West. It’s the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.

Story in the Great Falls Tribune. Rocky Mountain Front lease agreement starts something good.

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Here is the earlier story from Dec. 10, 2006. Rocky Mountain Front (MT) finally protected from oil and gas in massive catch-all bill

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Rocky Mountain Front gas lease ban is working

  1. avatar TPageCO says:

    If I recall correctly, Bush recently signed some bill that also removed the threat of leasing on 100,000 acres of the Valle Vidal in NM. Sen. Domenici switched from supporting drilling to opposing it, and then the bill moved pretty quick. So maybe there are two places…

  2. Yes, you’re right.

    I understand, however, that the Valle Vidal is being managed as some kind of public ranch, albeit one the public isn’t allowed to visit.

    I think the enabling legislation said it had to remain a “working ranch” even though it was purchased by the government.

    Someone might want to add the details.


April 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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