Company to stop oil exploration near Glacier NP

Posted: Mar 22, 2013

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Tristan Scott, Missoulian
Blackfeet drilling

A Denver-based energy exploration company that has been searching for oil and gas on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation alongside Glacier National Park announced Tuesday that it would cease drilling and shut down the project.

The company, Anschutz Exploration Corp., released a statement saying that “drilling and testing have located some resources, but not enough to support further exploration or development investment,” and called the sudden move a “business decision.”

The oil and gas play has been met with criticism due to its proximity to Glacier National Park’s boundary and various sacred tribal sites, and because of the unknown effect that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will have on natural resources and wildlife, both on the reservation and inside the park.

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