Baton Rouge company objects to delay as it seeks to drill near Glacier
BILLINGS - A Louisiana company seeking to drill for natural gas on land in Montana held sacred by some American Indians is objecting to a 75-day review period sought by a federal panel considering the proposal.
Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge wanted to begin drilling this summer on its 6,200-acre federal energy lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area next to Glacier National Park.
That timetable appears increasingly unlikely. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation says it needs until Sept. 21 to issue its recommendations on whether drilling would degrade the area's significance to the Blackfoot tribes of Canada and Montana.
Solenex is represented by the Mountain States Legal Foundation. Mountain States President William Perry Pendley said Wednesday there is no reason for further delay in a project that's been held up for decades.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Sen. Troy Brown will spend the weekend in jail
Spanish Town Parade asks for usual irreverence but inclusion
Residents on edge as Comite River crests above flood stage
Baton Rouge residents gather to watch Trump's inauguration
Police believe illegal immigrant could be tied to other sex crimes