Op-ed: Hydraulic Fracturing in Oil Fields Works Safely for Montana

On March 2,Tom Richmond, division administrator of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation in the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, wrote in the Montana Billings Gazette that “hydraulic fracturing is essential for developing our abundant and environmentally desirable natural gas resources, and the safety and effectiveness of this process are proven every day.”

He also commented on the importance of hydraulic fracturing to Montana’s economy: Many of Montana’s gas wells and essentially all our Bakken oil wells would not be economically viable to drill without hydraulic fracturing, resulting in a loss of at least $4 billion worth of oil and $350 million of state revenues.”

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