Montana

Oil and Gas Development
9:35 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Thompson Divide Coaliton's Buy-Out Method Used in Other Western States

Ranchers in the Rocky Mountain Front area in Montana formed a coalition to keep oil and gas development out of the region. They used a similar method being tried by a group in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Credit Marci Krivonen

 

When citizens want to block oil and gas development on public land, they usually get a lawyer and head to the courts.  In Carbondale, the Thompson Divide Coalition has taken another approach, choosing instead a game plan that is rarely used in the West. So far, the Coalition’s so-called “market-based” approach has yet to bear fruit. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Tribes in Western U.S. Use Water to Assert Sovereignty

The Kerr Dam in Northwest Montana was built in the 1930's on the Flathead Indian Reservation. It's been owned by non-tribal companies since it was built.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana stand to become the first tribes in the country to own a major hydroelectric dam. In Colorado, tribes are managing parts of hydro projects. All are examples of tribes regaining control of resources on their land. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

In Colorado’s southwest, the Ute Mountain Ute tribe co-manages part of the Dolores Water Project. And, near Durango, the Animas/La Plata project is partially managed by the state’s two tribes. Ernest House directs the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs.

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