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Gov. Gianforte Begins Annual 56 County Tour

Governor Greg Gianforte kicked off his annual 56 county tour March 24th to talk with                         Montanans about issues that are important to them and he’s been getting a lot of feedback. He recently told our Billings affiliate’s Scott Fredricks what he’s been hearing the most about.

Average Gas Price In Montana Now $4.09

AAA says gasoline prices have stabilized with WTI Crude around $108 this morning and Brent Crude about 114 a barrel. Montana’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline hovers around $4.09. Montana and Wyoming prices have seen the largest weekly change of plus 8 cents for a gallon of regular. Earlier this week Wyoming’s average pric...

Daines Pushing Senate For Expanded Energy Portfolio

According to AAA, the average price of gasoline is now $4.33. In a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing this week Senator Steve Daines stressed the importance of supporting an all of the above American energy portfolio to lower energy costs and argued current environmental standards are the most stringent of any country.

Montana Senators Co-Sponsor Bill To Restrict Russian Energy

As a part of continued efforts to weaking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and increase American energy independence, Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have co-sponsored legislation to block all Russian oil and gas imports to the U.S. Tester says the “Ban Russian Energy Imports Act” would hit Putin where it hurts.

Federal Land Drilling Remains In Question

The Biden administration is delaying decisions on new oil and gas drilling on federal land and other energy-related actions after a federal court blocked the way officials were calculating the real-world costs of climate change. Among the immediate effects is an indefinite delay in planned oil and gas lease sales on public lands in a half-doze...

BLM Misses Oil & Gas Lease Deadline

The Bureau of Land Management has missed the deadline to notice a sale on promised oil and gas leasing for the fifth consecutive quarter. The BLM announced November 1st it would complete an environmental assessment of 195 recommended parcels and accepted public comment through December 1st. The agency is also required to notice a sale at least...

Oil Leasing To Soon Start Again In Montana

Oil and gas leasing on federal land in Montana and North Dakota is expected to resume early this year. The federal Bureau of Land Management is planning a lease sale for the first quarter of 2022 but has not finalized details. There are 6,850 federally owned mineral acres available in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Oil and gas compa...

Public Service Commission To Lower Power Rates Year

The Montana Public Service Commission has approved lower rates effective January 1st for its residential electric customers of NorthWestern Energy, cutting the average yearly bill $21.12. Natural gas customers will see a decrease in their yearly bill by $13.56. Residential electric customers of Montana Dakota Utilities will see an annual reduc...