The Bush administration has approved a plan that could allow more than
18,000 natural gas wells to be drilled in southeastern Montana over the
next two decades. LINK (Via: MSNBC)
It's worked out really well for Wyoming.
Each coalbed methane well produces an average of 20 tons of salt per year. The quality of discharge water deteriorates substantially as one moves north, west and south of Gilette....
Domestic and stock water wells are drying up or becoming contaminated with gas or other development-related constituents. Over 400 miles of power lines were constructed last year to serve the CBM wells and compressor stations, with over 400 miles projected for construction each year for the next 5 or 6 years. Compressor stations are often powered by jet engines whose noise shatters the solitude of rural living. Hundreds of semi-trucks and pickups driving to and from methane sites kick up clouds of dust, resulting in increased respiratory problems for livestock and humans.
LINK (Via: Powder River Basin Resource Council)