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Feb 17, 2012


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Steve Kilbreath
Permitting and Compliance


Public Meeting on the Impacts of Oil and Gas Development to be held in Choteau


(Helena) The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), in conjunction with county and city officials, will be holding a public meeting on Thursday March 1, 2012 to discuss the impacts of energy development. The meeting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau.

The potential for rapid growth in oil and gas development has prompted question and concerns about the impacts to communities and the environment. This meeting will feature experts knowledgeable about oil and gas well development and extraction processes, protecting potable water aquifers and the regulations for creating new trailer courts and campgrounds.

The agenda will include:

1:00 to 1:15 - Welcome and introductions from city and county officials.

1:15 to 2:15 - Don Judice, BLM, Great Falls Oil and Gas Field Office will present information on hydraulic fracturing.

2:15 to 2:45 - Joe Meek, DEQ, will discuss shallow groundwater and drinking water well protection.

2:45 to 3:45 - Steve Kilbreath, DEQ, will discuss developing RV spaces, mobile home parks, or subdividing to provide housing.

3:45 to 5:00 – The panel will be available for questions, comments, or discussions.

The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this meeting. Persons needed an accommodation should contact Lisa Peterson, DEQ Public Affairs Coordinator, at 406-444-2929.

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