Coal Bed Methane Protection Act (Montana)

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Place Montana

Applies to States or Provinces Montana
Name Coal Bed Methane Protection Act (Montana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS, Natural Gas
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Coal Bed Methane Protection Act establishes a long-term coal bed methane protection account and a coal bed methane protection program for the purpose of compensating private landowners and water right holders for damage to land and to water quality and availability that is attributable to the development of coal bed methane wells. The Act aims to provide for the responsible development of coal bed methane resources while mitigating adverse environmental impacts. However, the provisions of this Act do not relieve coal bed methane developers or operators of their legal obligation to compensate landowners and water right holders for damages caused by the exploration for development of coal bed methane. The Coal Bed Methane Protection Program is administered by local Conservation Districts in the state.

Policy Contact

Department Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Division Board of Oil and Gas Conservation
Address 2535 St. Johns Avenue

Place Billings, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59102

Fax (406) 655-6015

Department Montana Association of Conservation Districts

Address 790 Colleen Street

Place Helena, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59601
Phone (406) 443-5711

Fax (406) 443-0174

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 76-15-9 MCA
Date Effective 2001