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5 Things to Know in Montana for June 16

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 10:14 am •  Published: June 16, 2014
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MORE THAN 2 DOZEN MONTANA WELLS UNINSPECTED:

More than two dozen newly drilled oil and gas wells with a high pollution risk went uninspected on federal and tribal lands in Montana during a recent three-year period. U.S. Bureau of Land Management data examined by The Associated Press show that 25 out of 144 wells in high-priority areas were not inspected between fiscal year 2009 and 2012. Nationwide, about 40 percent of wells went uninspected, a finding that underscores the government's struggle to keep pace with America's drilling boom.

BALLOT MEASURE SPONSORS SCRAMBLE FOR SIGNATURES:

Sponsors of proposed ballot initiatives are scrambling for voter signatures in the final days before Friday's deadline to make the Nov. 4 general election ballot. A dozen initiative petitions have been approved for signature-gathering. Initiatives must receive 24,175 voter signatures from across Montana to make the ballot, while proposed constitutional amendments need 48,349 signatures to qualify.

FIRST DEBATES HELD:

The first debates of the general election campaign were held in Butte over the weekend. Democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and Libertarian Roger Roots met as Walsh seeks to retain the seat Gov. Steve Bullock appointed him to in February. Afterward, the U.S. House candidates debated. Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke sparred over how a paralyzed Congress can be fixed. They were joined by Libertarian Mike Fellows.

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