BLM Montana Oil and Gas

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the Bureau Of Land Management, Montana State Office of Billings, MT .
Tracking #

BLM-2019-00196

Est. Completion March 29, 2019
Status
Partially Completed

Communications

From: Jimmy Tobias


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Montana Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all written or electronic communications, including email attachments and texts, between the senior leadership of BLM's Montana State Office (including Acting State Director Jon Raby, Communications Director Al Nash, Deputy State Director Mike Philbin, Kimber Liebhauser, Kim Prill and/or Stephen Thompson) and any representative, agent, employee or executive of one or more of the following oil and gas firms: Highlands Natural Resources, Highlands Montana, and/or Halliburton. This request seeks records produced between October 1, 2017 and the date this request is processed.

I am a reporter with Pacific Standard magazine.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Tobias

From:

Dear Mr. Tobias:

Attached is our letter acknowledging receipt of your November 29, 2018,
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Very Respectfully,
Montana State Office FOIA Team
(406) 896-5280

From:

Mr. Tobias,

Attached is our first release of records regarding your FOIA request. Let
us know if you have any questions.

*Lynnell Cellmer*
*Records Management Specialist*
*Bureau of Land Management, Montana State Office*
*(406) 896-5381*

From: Bureau Of Land Management, Montana State Office

Dear Mr. Tobias,

We recently sent you a first release of records on January 30, 2019. At
that time we also informed you that your request was placed into the
complex track and we anticipated the need to review records for several
exemptions. Your complex track estimated completion date is set for March
29, 2019. In the meantime we are working as quickly as we can on all our
FOIAs. Since we process first in first out in each track please know that
we currently have 16 FOIA cases in our normal track and 22 FOIA cases in
our complex track ahead of your. Feel free to request status updates as
needed; however, you can also check the status of your request here
<https://foia.doi.gov/requeststatus/> by entering your FOIA number
BLM-2019-00196. Also realize that you can modify your request at anytime
during the processing of our request in attempt to move it into a quicker
track.

Thank you

Sally Sheeks

Government Information Specialist (State Records Administrator/FOIA
Specialist & Privacy Act Officer)

*Bureau of Land Management | Montana-Dakotas State Office*

*5100 Southgate Drive | Billings, MT 59101| T: 406.896.5157 | F:

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Sally,

Thank you for the note. I never received the first release of records. Can you email those records to me here, or mail them to the following address: 124 Washington Place, New York NY 10014.

Please let me know. And thanks.

Jimmy Tobias
248-763-0088

From: Bureau Of Land Management, Montana State Office

It appears as if we had your email one number off. Here is our letter and
first batch of records. If you could let me know you received these that
would be great.

Sally Sheeks

Government Information Specialist (State Records Administrator/FOIA
Specialist & Privacy Act Officer)

*Bureau of Land Management | Montana-Dakotas State Office*

*5100 Southgate Drive | Billings, MT 59101| T: 406.896.5157 | F:
406.896.5000*

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