Jacob W. Frank, NPS
NewsAuthor: Steven Shaw
Today the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Bureau of Land Management has canceled the final two oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area within the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Northwest Montana.
The two cancellations address concerns about the potential for oil and gas development in this culturally and ecologically important area.
“We are proud to have worked alongside the Blackfeet Nation and the U.S. Forest Service throughout this process to roll back decades-old leases and reinforce the importance of developing resources in the right way and the right places.” said Secretary Jewell. “The cancellation of the final two leases in the rich cultural and natural Badger-Two Medicine Area will ensure it is protected for future generations.”
The 130,000 acre Badger-Two Medicine area is surrounded by Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The land is considered sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe.
The canceled leases were issued in the 1980s and have not had any drilling in the area since issuance.