Burns pitches ban on oil, gas leases on federal land in Rocky Mountain Front

June 28, 2006

Great Falls Tribune:

A law that provides permanent protection of the Rocky Mountain Front by banning new oil and gas leases on federal land was delivered Tuesday from an unlikely source.

Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., who in 2002 said tapping into oil and gas reserves is in the national interest, took steps to prevent new leases from being approved on Forest Service land in the Lewis and Clark National Forest and adjacent Bureau of Land Management property on the Front.

John Northington, an energy expert with Thomas Advisors, said he is serving as a liaison between leaseholders and the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front.