No end in sight for Bakken oil boom

BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The oil boom in North Dakota shows no signs of letting up though there's not much pipeline infrastructure to handle the production, an official said.

Bakken crude for Keystone XL

MALTA, Mont., July 20 (UPI) -- TransCanada made the right move by agreeing to tie its Keystone XL oil pipeline to the Bakken oil formation in Montana and North Dakota, Montana official said.
Montana officials tested by oil spill

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BILLINGS, Mont., July 9 (UPI) -- State officials in Montana were put the test when responding to a 2011 oil spill from a ruptured oil pipeline near Billings, an official said.
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RALEIGH, N.C., May 11 (UPI) -- Polling for Iowa's 2016 caucuses has already begun and Hillary Clinton, despite her denials of a future presidential candidacy, is far ahead among Democrats.
Crow Nation, U.S. sign water rights pact

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WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- The Crow Tribe Apsaalooke Nation, the United States and the state of Montana Friday signed the Crow Tribe-Montana Water Rights Compact in Washington.
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RALEIGH, N.C., April 17 (UPI) -- With the U.S. 2012 presidential election seven months away, Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie lead the field in a 2016 presidential poll released Tuesday.
Hurry with Keystone, backers tell Obama

Hurry with Keystone, backers tell Obama

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- With strong congressional support, it's clear the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada is a national interest of the United States, an executive said.

EPA says oil degrading from Mont. spill

BILLINGS, Mont., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Oil spilled from the Silvertip pipeline near Billings, Mont., in July is degrading naturally in the environment, the EPA declared.

Montana breaths easier after oil spill

HELENA, Mont., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Most of the more toxic components of oil from a July oil spill in the Yellowstone River have evaporated already, Montana's governor said.

Oil leaks into Yellowstone River

HELENA, Mont., July 2 (UPI) -- An ExxonMobil pipeline leaked an unknown amount of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana, fouling at least 150 miles of the river, officials said.
Montana to allow killing of wolves

Montana to allow killing of wolves

HELENA, Mont., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says endangered gray wolves that attack livestock can be shot and he has authorized the killing of entire packs of wolves.
U.S. governors scale back inaugurations

U.S. governors scale back inaugurations

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. state governors who won election on Nov. 4 say they are planning scaled-back inauguration ceremonies in light of hard economic times.

Schweitzer to lead Democratic governors

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has been elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, succeeding West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, officials said.

Montana Gov. Schweitzer wins second term

HELENA, Mont., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Democratic incumbent Brian Schweitzer defeated Republican State Sen. Roy Brown in the Montana gubernatorial race Tuesday.

Massachusetts governor among DNC speakers

BOSTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patric will speak the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, joining other party heavyweights, officials said.
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Brian Schweitzer
Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-MT, testifies before a Senate Joint Economic Committee Hearing on funding the Iraq War on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 12, 2008. (UPI Photo/Patrick D. McDermott)

Brian David Schweitzer (born September 4, 1955) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Montana. Schweitzer is its 23rd and current governor, serving since January 2005. Schweitzer currently has one of the highest approval ratings among governors in the nation, with polls regularly showing a rating of above 60 percent. Schweitzer chairs the Western Governors Association and formerly chaired the Democratic Governors Association.

Schweitzer was born in Havre, Montana, the fourth of six children of Kathleen (née McKernan) and Adam Schweitzer. His maternal grandparents were Irish and his paternal grandparents were ethnic Germans from present-day Russia and Ukraine. Following his high school years at The Abbey in Canon City, Colorado, Schweitzer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in international agronomy from Colorado State University in 1978 and a Master of Science in soil science from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1980.

Upon finishing school, Schweitzer worked as an irrigation developer on projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. He spent several years working in Libya and Saudi Arabia and speaks Arabic. He returned to Montana in 1986 to launch a ranching and irrigation business in Whitefish.

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