Proposal to drill new oil wells in North Dakota grasslands must be stopped

2013-03-13T12:11:00Z Proposal to drill new oil wells in North Dakota grasslands must be stoppedONLINE-ONLY letter to the editor missoulian.com
March 13, 2013 12:11 pm  • 

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.

Dick Artley,

Grangeville, Idaho

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  1. Dcmissoula
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    Dcmissoula - March 14, 2013 5:19 pm
    Typical liberal enviromentalist dribble. drip...drip...drip.
  2. Dubs
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    Dubs - March 14, 2013 11:07 am
    Are we better off buying oil from the middle east? We have vast natural resources on our own soil and need to use them. Drill baby drill.
  3. YBChat
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    YBChat - March 14, 2013 8:44 am
    Little Missouri National Grasslands are extremely important for grassland birds.
    Birds dependent upon grasslands are experiencing the largest population declines of all our songbirds because of habitat loss. We need habitat-not more oil wells, especially in places that have been set aside because of their importance in preserving biodiversity and diminishing ecological communities.
  4. troutcreek
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    troutcreek - March 13, 2013 8:38 pm
    The USFS has lost all their scruples. The agency will respond that the action will impact minimal acreage, of course ignoring access roads. The USFS can't hide behind the 1872 mining law on this one.
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