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Jan 10, 2017

Tester Applauds Cancellation of Final Badger-Two Medicine Leases

(U.S. Senate)-Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the Interior Department announced the cancellation of the final two oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine:

"Today marks the end of a decades-long journey for the Blackfeet Tribe and outdoor enthusiasts in northwest Montana. The Badger-Two Medicine carries sacred significance and today's decision guarantees the preservation of this pristine region for generations to come."

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service granted 47 oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine in 1982. Two years later, a drilling permit was approved on one of the leases, though drilling was stalled when a moratorium was placed on oil and gas drilling in the area.

The Interior Department cancelled the controversial Solonex oil and gas lease in March, and then Devon Energy voluntarily relinquished 15 oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine in November, which only left active the two leases that were cancelled today.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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