Montana Environmental Pollution Attorneys

At Edwards, Frickle & Culver, Montana Trial Attorneys, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients who have been harmed by pollution. Railroad companies, manufacturers and other industrial polluters can cause extensive damage to Montana's ranches, homes and towns, and we will work to hold them accountable for the damage caused by their pollution.

Tell Us About Your Case — Call 888-706-7461 or 406-545-5895

To discuss your legal remedies in a free consultation, contact our Montana environmental pollution lawyers at our office in Billings. We can help you understand your options and pursue compensation for the damage caused to your land.

Taking On Multinational Corporations and Industrial Polluters

Cliff Edwards and his law firm have more than a decade of experience representing Montana citizens who have been damaged by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway's (BNSF) pollution. In 1997, our firm represented Park County against BNSF for dumping hazardous waste into the Park County landfill. A jury concluded BNSF had been dumping perchloroethylene — a solvent that can cause cancer, birth defects, and damage the liver and the central nervous system — into the Park County landfill since 1977.

The lawsuit uncovered that at times BNSF even disposed of the waste in barrels marked "nonhazardous." Throughout the course of litigation, BNSF steadfastly denied they ever dumped toxic sludge into the landfill. However, during closing arguments BNSF conceded that it may have "accidentally" dumped some sludge into the landfill. BNSF then claimed it wanted to be "good neighbors" and suggested $2 million should be given to the county for cleanup. Based on the evidence presented at trial, the jury awarded $14.5 million to Park County to clean up BNSF's toxic waste. BNSF is not going to, voluntarily, be a good neighbor.

Since that verdict was awarded in 1999, Edwards, Frickle & Culver, Montana Trial Attorneys has represented numerous different clients against BNSF in Livingston, Montana and across the state. BNSF's tactics never change. It always denies the extent of the pollution. It always purchases property near the edge of the plume and abandons the property, leaving a blight. It always attempts to sidestep or overwhelm the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). But the facts show BNSF never cleans up unless it is forced.

Montana — Progressive in Protecting Your Property Rights

In 2006, our law firm successfully argued Shammel vs. Canyon Resources standing side-by-side with the town of Sunburst while they argued Sunburst vs. Texaco to the Montana Supreme Court. These two cases were instrumental in establishing that a polluting party can be forced to fully remediate and restore the land it polluted to its natural, pre-pollution condition. This is an important distinction because the Montana Department of Environmental Quality ("MDEQ") only requires remediation to MDEQ cleanup levels — not pre-contamination levels. Furthermore, the Montana Supreme Court concluded that a polluting party could be forced to clean up its own property in order to stop the flow of pollution onto neighboring property.

Montana has a strong history of protecting the property rights of landowners in environmental litigation. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you understand your rights and options under the law and work to pursue environmental cleanup and damages you need and deserve.

Contact a Billings Contamination Lawyer

To learn more about environmental pollution and our firm's dedication to standing up for your property rights, contact an attorney at Edwards, Frickle & Culver, Montana Trial Attorneys in Billings.