Mont. governor picks Circle rancher for oil board

Montana governor names Circle rancher to open post on state Board of Oil and Gas

Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Bullock is picking a Circle rancher for the open seat on the Montana Board of Oil and Gas.

The governor's office said Tuesday that Peggy Nerud will take over the vacant slot. The governor's office says Nerud is a mineral owner.

During the past legislative session she helped out the Northern Plains Resource Council, which listed her as a citizen lobbyist. That group often advocates for landowners dealing with the effects of development on their land.

She fills a slot left open after the Republican-controlled Senate rejected Bullock's first pick, former Department of Natural Resources and Conservation director Mary Sexton.

The board of oil and gas helps regulate industry activity.

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