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Aug 17, 2016: Legislative Committee Welcomes Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Montana Water Laws

Montana’s Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) will hold its next meeting August 29-30 at the Capitol in Helena – and it's a critical time for water rights holders to become engaged. Even if you belong to a group represented by a lobbyist, now is the time to become better informed and let the Legislature know what you think and how their decisions impact Montana water users.

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July 6, 2016: Plan B on Banning Fracking: Stop the Flow of Water to Oil and Gas

The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling on May 2nd that struck down bans and moratoriums on fracking  has assured two things: one, a fight about fracking at the ballot box, and two, be on the lookout for other creative production-halting threats. Where are oil and gas companies getting their water from?  Is it from a secured, legal and reliable source that know won’t be changing? 

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June 23, 2016: Hey Oil and Gas Companies, Are You In Possession of Illegal Water?

What if an oil and gas operator purchases water knowing that the seller deceptively purchased it for agricultural use?  Does it make a difference if the operator is unaware of any deception, but knows that the water isn’t approved for industrial use?  Water Sage tackles the question of stolen water in Colorado.

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June 2, 2014: First Temporary Lease of Water for Energy Approved in Montana

A few weeks ago, the Montana Dept. of Natural Resources granted the first temporary lease of water under the new Section 85-2-427, MCA statutory process. The process was created to expedite water leasing for oil and gas development. The Water Sage team is excited to share insights and analysis of policy developments as Western states adapt their legal frameworks to facilitate transactions around water resources. 

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May 5, 2014: Water in the Oilfield

Water use in the oilfield is the center of one of the most contentious debates in energy. The complicated nature of the oilfield water lifecycle is a key reason for concerns about how much water gets used to produce oil and gas. This is the first in a series of posts in which we will shed some light on how water gets used in oil and gas production and how new technologies are changing the lifecycle of water in the oilfield.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Rebecca will be at Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Fluency course in Palisades, CO on June 29th.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Governors Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee Update in Helena, MT on July 18th.
  • Spencer and Kelly will be at the Summer Colorado Water Congress Conference in Vail, CO on August 23-25.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Association of Counties Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on September 17-21.
  • Jim will be at the Montana League of Cities & Towns Annual Conference in Great Falls, MT on Septrember 27-29.
  • Jim will be at the Montana American Water Resources Association in Helena, MT on October 19-20.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Association of Conservation Districts Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on November 12-14.

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