Montana

   Montana  

Population: 1 Million

Energy Production

·         1,104.6 Trillion Btu total energy production

·         24,151 Thousand barrels of crude oil

·         74,624 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         42,008 Thousand short tons of coal

·         29,791,181 Thousand MWh electricity produced

Energy Consumption

·         398 Trillion Btu total energy consumption

·         32.0 Million barrels petroleum

o   11.7 Million barrels of gasoline

·         78,218 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         12,087 short tons of coal

State Government Profile

Governor: Steve Bullock (D): first term; expires in 2016; Governor is limited to 2 terms

Legislature:

Speaker of the House: Mark Blasdel (R)

President of the Senate: Jeff Essmann (R)

Bicameral body: Both Chambers are under Republican control

100 House Members: 63 Republicans, 37 Democrats

50 Senate Members: 27 Republicans, 23 Democrats

 

Energy Issues

Much attention has been focused on current state tax law. It is well-known that more than 90 percent of oil and gas taxes generated in a number of Montana counties go straight to financing state education. The oil and gas industry is routinely targeted for revenue generation, probably more so than any other industry. In addition, fracking legislation was introduced recently, but did not pass, that would require advanced disclosure of chemicals, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) numbers and all chemical compounds, although it would not require disclosure of proprietary information. Strong efforts have also been taken by environmental groups to try to amend the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) as it relates to wildlife and humans in the state. The 2011 legislature did review its energy policy but while including on environmental protection and exploring renewable energy avenues, it reaffirmed the states commitment to supporting oil and gas efforts in addition to updating infrastructure needed by the industry. As the oil and gas industry continues to drill for new production such issues will continue to be at the forefront of the state legislature for years to come.

 

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