Montana Braces for Man-Camps in Bakken Fields
State and federal officials will offer residents of north central Montana a primer on the potential environmental and community effects of anticipated oil and gas development, the Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent reported.
The March 1 meeting in Choteau, located in the west central part of the state, comes as drilling activity in the rich Bakken fields of eastern Montana and western North Dakota spills over into areas of Glacier, Teton and other central Montana counties.
Tom Richmond with the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation said several companies have been drilling exploratory wells on the prairie east of the Rocky Mountain Front and on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
"People are up there buying leases, checking titles in the courthouse so there's quite a bit of interest," Richmond said.
The Choteau meeting will include discussions of regulations for "man-camps" such as new trailer courts and campgrounds, state Department of Environmental Quality officials said.