The Interior Department has canceled long-fought oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park. Image:Montana Wildlife Federation
MISSOULA, MONT. -- More than three decades of work to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area just south of Glacier National Park have paid off. The Interior Department Thursday announced the cancelation of an oil and gas lease in a remote part of the Lewis and Clark National Forest that is home to grizzlies, wolves, lynx, wolverines, elk and deer and is sacred to the Blackfeet tribes
Interior officials said the Bureau of Land Management concluded the lease, approved 1982, was issued in violation of the National Environmental Policy and National Historical Preservation acts. The National Wildlife Federation, Montana Wildlife Federation and the Blackfeet tribe were among those who sued to repeal leases and prevent drilling in Badger-Two Medicine.
"This is a signal victory for wildlife conservation, wildland protection and tribal religious interests," said Tom France, executive director of the NWF Northern Rockies Regional Center.