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Experts in Public Policy & Environmental Issues Collaborate on Report Exploring Fracking in Montana

Feb 3, 2016

GREAT FALLS – A report on fracking in Montana was made possible through a grant managed by Montana Farmers Union, a statewide grassroots organization working for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Montana Farmers Union continues to support its members through a strong educational program for youth and adults, by advocating

The report written by Bozeman lawyer Hertha Lund, who has represented landowners in a variety of resource disputes; Willis Weight, Ph.D., P.E., hydrogeologist and professor at Carroll College and Helena lawyer Dennis Lopach, who works with public policy issues including utility regulation, addresses issues related to the use of hydrofracturing (commonly referred to as “fracking”) in oil and gas operations in Montana. The whitepaper, “Fracking in Montana: Asking Questions, Finding Answers,” examines impacts of fracking on water quantity in Montana. Additionally, the paper outlines concerns of farmers, ranchers and landowners regarding possible fracking operations on or near their property. The paper also covers a variety of environmental issues, including water and air quality impacts. The paper was edited by Missoula lawyer Beth Brennan.

MFU became interested in fracking when members began questioning how the procedure will impact their farms and ranchers. “The effects of fracking on Montana agriculture is a subject worth exploring,” said MFU President Alan Merrill. “The end product of this collaboration is a great example of our commitment to education, and will provide members and the public with neutral and peer-reviewed information. Members can then make up their minds as to the role of fracking in Montana.”

To view the report in its entirety click here: FRACKING IN MONTANA – Final 052716 with cover