Potential Impacts of Energy Development in Montana, with a Case Study of the Powder River Basin

This report focuses on the economic and fiscal contributions of the oil and natural gas industries in Montana, including a case study of potential coal bed methane natural gas (CBM) extraction in the Powder River Basin. The report also compares Montana’s performance to neighboring states to discover what Montana does well, and where the state can improve in fitting oil and natural gas into a broader discussion of economic development and fiscal health for the state.

Click here to read a Montana Standard opinion piece on Montana’s energy policy.

See the four-page Digest for a summary of the full report.

The detailed socioeconomic profiles used in this study also are available for download.

Socioeconomic Profile of Big Horn County

Socioeconomic Profile of Powder River County

Socioeconomic Profile of Rosebud County

Socioeconomic Profiles of Big Horn, Powder River, and Rosebud Counties

Socioeconomic Profile of Montana

Press Release, Mar. 19, 2009

Ben Alexander

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Mark Haggerty