Montana Senator ties national security to energy development

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Montana, stated this week from his office that national security would be enhanced if more areas could be explored for more oil and gas.

He specifically mentioned the Sweet Grass Hills, the Rocky Mountain Front and coal-bed methane gas projects in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.

"To say that we can't get those reserves because of suggested damage to the landscape or whatever is not a solid argument," said Burns.

Tribal governments have sought to protect all of these areas.