UPDATE: Chief Mountain Leased for Oil Drilling
It’s official, according to Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) records, the sacred Chief Mountain on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, has been leased for oil and gas drilling. Back in May of 2013 the BIA approved leases to all of the Blackfeet controlled lands on the reservation, around Chief Mountain. I cant say whether the area will be drilled, but it is now under a 5 year lease.
This map shows the new leases around Chief Mountain. The area to the west is Glacier National Park.
This oil drilling map will show you the entire reservation area. Chief Mountain is in the upper left of the Blackfeet reservation area. This is a short video I made a few years ago, of the Chief Mountain area now leased for oil drilling.
In the wake of what some are calling great news, there’s a new legacy on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation – post fracking, but what should be expected? As Anschutz Oil announced it’s leaving the Blackfeet Reservation after drilling 14 exploratory wells, (related story from the Denver Post) there are many questions unanswered, and an uncertain future […]
My answer, a true legend in the outdoor media world. Marty Stouffer is at least partly responsible for inspiring me to become a nature, wildlife, conservation and commercial outdoor photographer! As much as I like to think that my inspiration came completely from the heart, I must admit it did not. The passion, commitment and motivation comes from there, but the inspiration […]
Montana Nature Photographer Tony Bynum and Science Teacher Stacy Dolderer Dive Deep into the Montana Prairie in Search of Wilderness Characteristics
When Erin Madison, (@GFT_EMadison) outdoor writer for the Great Falls Tribune (@GFTribue) called us to do an interview about the Montana prairie project we worked on recently, we were happy to say yes! As many of you know, my partner Stacy Dolderer and I spent several months bouncing around the prairie lands of Montana last summer. […]
The cell phone rang Thursday and on the other end was Leslie MacMillian a writer for the New York Times. She said she was interested in talking to me about my photography work and the map created by Stacy Dolderer, documenting the oil drilling on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. This has been an ongoing project […]
“My photographs have better colors than the one’s you’re using on the covers of your magazines. . . when you’re ready to work with a real professional, give me a call” – source: unnamed “professional” photographer. Those are the paraphrased words from a real freelance photographer to a magazine editor asking if the editor would […]
If you’re in the outdoor media business you can not afford to miss this years Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) conference! Date: March 6-9th 2013 Where: Columbia, SC Please use this POMA Conference hyper link, or the one below, to find out more and to register! Time is running out, please […]
Stacey Dolderer and Tony Bynum spent the summer bouncing around the wide open prairie and badlands regions of Montana. They hiked across its dry, sun scorched dirt, around mountainous gumbo plateaus, and over grass sprinkled beaches of ancient ocean bottom while dodging rattles snakes and lizards in an area so vast the long-look includes both time and […]
Montana Quarterly Magazine features an essay by award winning author Scott Mcmillion about an important prairie conservation project conducted in the wild prairie lands of Montana . . . One of the most rewarding and fun projects I’ve ever had the privilege to work on . . . Stacy Dolderer and I had a great time exploring […]
Lands with Wilderness Characteristics – Montana Short Grass Prairie – roads, ways, routes? Who cares . . .
Greetings! It’s been while since my last post, I’m sorry for the delay, we’ve been out trekking though the last of Montana’s native, short grass prairie lands south and west of Glasgow, Montana. We covered 1500 miles over the course of that week exploring the vast network of roads, ways, trails, and routs. Along the trail, we met […]
So? What do you think? When you stand in the middle of a vast prairie landscape do you feel like you are in a wild place? I believe that those of you that have spent time in the prairie country of Montana you would feel like it is in fact a wild place. I know […]
National Parks Traveler mentions Oil Drilling in the Crown of the Continent, on the Blackfeet Reservation, adjacent to Glacier National Park
The National Parks Traveler Web site did a nice job comparing the oil drilling on the Blackfeet Reservation, and the Rocky Mountain Front of Montana, the area now being referred too in some circles as, “the Crown of the Continent,” with areas in the country adjacent to other national parks where oil drilling has been proposed. Kurt uses […]
I’ve attached three new photographs of two drill rigs, the first two are the Red Blanket site on the Blackfeet Reservation, and third is a drill rig south of the Reservation and west of Bynum, Montana. The short video is of the Red Blanket site near Star School, west of Browning, Montana, Glacier National Park […]
Sarah Gilman covers the oil drilling issues along the Rocky Mountain Front in her recent article, “That old Bakken forth.” In it, she recounts the past and looks to the future of oil drilling on the rocky mountain front and the Blackfeet Reservation, Montana. Here’s a link to the full story: http://www.hcn.org/blogs/goat/that-old-bakken-forth
Montana’s Public News Service released this thoughtful report on the Blackfeet Oil Drilling Project on February 13th. It’s encouraging to see this quality of coverage about Tony’s effort to document the changing landscape of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and the Rocky Mountain Front. Time Capsule Project Under Way at Blackfeet Reservation February 13, 2012 EAST […]
“Philip Anschutz is drilling on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation outside of Glacier National Park. Tony Bynum is documenting it.” Glacier National Park Travel Guide recently interviewed Tony about the oil drilling along the Rocky Mountain Front & Blackfeet Indian Reservation here. They posed these six questions to him: What is your experiencing photographing Glacier […]
Tony is currently a board member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). POMA recently launched the POMA Media Center (PMC). This service will “provide significant added value to its Corporate Partners, freelance opportunities to its Media Members and establish an as-it-happens news service to for the outdoor industry and all media/communicators interested in providing online, […]
Chris Peterson of Hungry Horse News interviewed Tony and another local businessman, Darrell Norman about the expanding oil infrastructure on the Blackfeet Indian reservation, the Rocky Mountain Front, and adjoining Glacier National Park. His article speaks to the impact on local people as they anticipate inevitable changes. Photographer’s eyes on reservation oil rigs CHRIS PETERSON […]
The Missoula Independent “Indy Blog” wrote a nice article about the Rocky Mountain Front Blackfeet Oil Drilling Documentation Project. Its been exciting to see the word about this important project spread. With thoughtful articles such as this we hope to build awareness and help people pay attention. We at Tony Bynum Photography appreciate the […]
On January 26th, The Great Falls Tribune interviewed Tony with the focus on the Rocky Mountain Front/Blackfeet Oil documentation project. It is a “print only” report which means the story can be purchased for online viewers. GF Tribune write, Karl Puckett wrote: Tony Bynum of East Glacier has photographed grizzly bears, elk and Glacier National Park. […]
Wide open, roadless spaces, wildlife, and the people who depend on them and energy development along the Rocky Mountain Front: A Photo Record of “Progress.” “Documenting current conditions on the Blackfeet Reservation and Rocky Mountain Front today is a very high priority. The landscape, Native American cultures, small towns, sensitive and endangered wildlife and their […]