Montana SB 498, which the governor had promised to veto because the bill did not define pore space ownership, has stalled. The measure was taken up in the Montana House Federal Relations, Energy and Telecommunications Committee this week, and amendments were offered. One of the amendments, which would have garnered the governor's support for the bill as a whole, would have given pore space ownership to the surface landowners. During the committee process, though, other legislators proposed amendments that were rejected. These legislators decided to stop the bill in its track and voted to, in effect, kill the bill in committee.
There has been much debate regarding CCS in the Montana legislature, each time resulting in potential bills being tabled in committee. Despite Montana’s desire to lead the country in CCS efforts, it appears that much compromise remains to be made in their legislature.