Oil, gas boom meeting in Choteau

A public meeting is planned on the impacts of oil and gas development and will be held in Choteau.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in conjunction with county and city officials will hold the meeting on March 1, to discuss the impacts of energy development.

The meeting will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau.

The potential for rapid growth in oil and gas development has prompted questions 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.

After a short welcome by city and county officials at 1 p.m., Don Judice, BLM, from the Great Falls Oil and Gas Field office will present information on hydraulic fracturing.

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

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

From 3:45 to 5 p.m., the panel will be available for questions, comments or discussions.

For more information, contact Corrine Rose, Pondera/Teton county Sanitarian at 271-4036 or 750-8470.