Although the oil and gas industry is still recovering from one of the biggest declines in decades, there’s rising optimism and excitement about the potential for the Permian Basin to become the largest producing oil region in the world. Already the most dominant region in the United States, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates […]
Machine learning and artificial intelligence. These are the buzzwords of today’s data-focused world, where programs and algorithms are using machine learning and AI to track our habits, make inferences about our relationships, identify our photos, and predict what we might want next. Technology, from robot vacuums to the latest smartphone app, makes our lives easier […]
Recently, Bain & Company and GE co-released a brief called “Unleashing Digital”, recounting numerous ways that oil and gas companies are tapping into digital technologies to gain a competitive advantage. The article derides existing processes and instead prescribes GE’s “Fullstream Digital Approach”, assuming that upstream and oilfield services companies want, or even need, a holistic […]
It’s hard to believe that we are already well into January 2018! During our first all company meeting of 2018, the team shared some year end wins including some exciting new customer acquisitions, product developments, and an overview of important initiatives we are pursuing as jump into the new year. I was impressed by how […]
Web security has become more important and more tenuous than ever before. In this post, Aaron Edwards, Water Sage’s web developer, discusses the security ecosystem in today’s web, and outlines some best practices for keeping your computer safe and your data secure.
Drought and bad fire seasons go hand-in-hand, and this summer is no exception. On August 11, 2017, Governor Bullock declared a fire emergency in Montana. On August 18, 2017, Governor Bullock declared a drought disaster in 31 Montana counties and six Indian Reservations.
It’s been just over a month on the Water Sage team, and after getting to know the company, platform, and people, I could not be more excited for our future.
Hurricane Harvey levied historic destruction in the greater Houston area. While photographs of huge sections of the city submerged tell the story of the storm’s impact, there is also a story told in the monitoring data generated during the event. Looking at data produced by the gage monitoring network provides context for the magnitude of storm impacts and reveals real issues that limit understanding of these kinds of floods.
Water rights tell the story of the American West and the generations of people who toiled to survive and flourish there. The rich history told in the records of water claims provides the foundation for water use today and is essential to know for contemporary land and water rights owners in order to protect their water rights.
Montana water rights are based on the appropriation system, meaning that the earliest rights are the most valuable. The deadline to timely file claims for water rights in use as of June 30, 1973, i.e. historical water rights, was April 30, 1982. Many of these historical water rights date back to the late 19th century. As you can imagine, finding information to substantiate claims that were filed 35 years ago based on events that happened over a century ago does not lend itself to quick Google searches.