The Forest Service is proposing to approve 56 new oil wells to be drilled in the Little Missouri National Grasslands in North Dakota. They have already approved dozens of wells scattered across this public land.
The grassland is a fragile ecosystem with occupied habitat for at least three endangered species.
In order to transport the drilling equipment to each well site and transport the heavy equipment to build the oil pipelines, over 1,000 miles of new road will be constructed.
An oil spill anywhere in the grassland would be catastrophic. Remember when Exxon Mobil spilled 1,509 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River during a pipeline break in Montana last summer?
The grassland is administered by the Northern Region of the Forest Service. The Regional Forester’s office is in Missoula.
Please call Regional Forester Faye Krueger and tell her how you feel about these new oil wells. Perhaps, if enough people call her, she might be persuaded stop these big energy corporations from trashing our public land.