"Drilling activities bring roads and traffic that fragment the landscape,
disrupting wildlife's use of existing habitat,
dispersing animals unnaturally, and increasing wildlife conflicts
with traffic... Montana has spent 75 years restoring our hunting
from the thoughtless exploitation of wildlife at the beginning
of the last century. We are not going to sacrifice that restoration success to an inadequate plan motivated by a failed national energy policy."
—Chris Marchion, hunter and Anaconda resident
Montana's side of the Powder River Basin has not been drilled as heavily as
Wyoming's portion as the maps below indicate. But Montana's side also
contains natural gas and could be devastated by drilling without proper
planning and oversight. The BLM has forecast that over the next 20 years,
as many as 26,000 wells could be drilled in Montana's side of the Powder
River Basin and adjoining areas (BLM PRBDS 2006).