Trout Unlimited acquires petroleum leases on Rocky Mountain Front

nother company has transferred federal energy leases to a conservation group, further reducing the possibility of natural-gas development on public lands along Montana’s wildlife-rich Rocky Mountain Front.

Trout Unlimited said Tuesday that it received leases the Kohlman Co. held for potential gas work on the Front, the rugged expanse where the mountains meet the plains for about 100 miles south of Glacier National Park. Trout Unlimited, which has joined other groups in declaring the Front too environmentally sensitive for oil or gas drilling, said it intends to return those leases to the federal government.

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