Montana

Puget Sound Utility Accelerates Move to Phase Out Coal

Bellevue, WA-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) bought itself a reduced-carbon fuel mix by selling its 185 MW interest in Colstrip coal-fired Unit 4 in Montana to the state’s largest private sector utility, NorthWestern Energy. The price was $1 in a unique deal.

December 16, 2019
East Montana Bakken Showing Signs of Awakening

East Montana Bakken Showing Signs of Awakening

Oil production from the Bakken Shale in eastern Montana, still relatively small compared to North Dakota’s record-setting output, has been steadily increasing, according to the North Dakota Pipeline Authority (NDPA).

December 21, 2018
Landowners, Enviros Challenge BLM Oil, Natural Gas Leases in Montana

Landowners, Enviros Challenge BLM Oil, Natural Gas Leases in Montana

Three landowners and two environmental groups on Tuesday challenged two recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lease sales of 287 parcels in Montana, alleging in federal court that the agency ignored the potential environmental impacts of prospective oil and natural gas drilling.

May 16, 2018

Three Western States, Saskatchewan Collaborate on Carbon Capture Research

Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and the the Canadian province of Saskatchewan province signed an agreement Friday to combine their efforts in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) research that is critical to their individual oil and natural gas producing jurisdictions.

December 4, 2017
Montana Lawmaker Seeks to Raise State’s Oil/NatGas Production Tax

Montana Lawmaker Seeks to Raise State’s Oil/NatGas Production Tax

Montana’s 0.5% “tax holiday” tariff on new oil/natural gas production would be increased to 4.5% under a proposal (HB 215) in the state legislature.

January 23, 2017

Private Equity Firm Acquiring Ohio-Based Gas Natural and Subsidiaries

The energy-focused private equity firm First Reserve has agreed to acquire Cleveland-based Gas Natural Inc. and its five subsidiary companies for an all-stock deal worth $196 million in yet another utility merger.

October 10, 2016

MDU Completes Exit From E&P Business

MDU Resources Group Inc. has sold its remaining marketed oil and natural gas production assets, signaling the end of subsidiary Fidelity Exploration and Production Co., the company announced last week.

April 11, 2016

MDU Completes Exit From E&P Business

MDU Resources Group Inc. has sold its remaining marketed oil and natural gas production assets, signaling the end of subsidiary Fidelity Exploration and Production Co., the company announced last week.

April 11, 2016

BLM Postpones Third Montana Lease Sale in Three Months

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Montana has postponed a Jan. 26 oil and natural gas lease sale in Billings, MT, the third time since November the agency has delayed an auction (see Daily GPI, Dec. 7, 2015; Nov. 17, 2015).

January 19, 2016

U.S. Ninth Circuit Remands BLM Lease Dispute to Montana Court

Three environmental groups received a favorable opinion from the U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco last Monday, remanding their challenge to U.S. Bureau Land Management (BLM) leases to the federal district court judge in Montana who previously rejected their claims.

September 4, 2015
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