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Fighting to keep the oil boom
out of North Dakota park

Star-Tribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Pam Louwagie

Original Article

Posted By:voxpopuli, 8/17/2014 10:26:58 AM

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND - From the vista where Valerie Naylor stands, the scenery is undeniably spectacular: Sculpted hills with layers of beige sandstone and ribbons of gray coal, pockets of cottonwood trees and junipers rustling, the serpentine Little Missouri River shimmering below. Most visitors who come to the Oxbow Overlook feel its serenity. But Naylor, the park’s superintendent, worries. “So much of what you’re looking at is outside the park, and it’s so vulnerable,” she said. How will she protect it all? As North Dakota’s historic Bakken oil boom mushrooms around this little-known national park, Naylor, 56, is on a

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the RedStar lionizes this leftist PUBLIC SERVANT for trying to stop businesses from setting up NEAR her park..
the comments from the MINNESOTANS are
telling.. "swatting at flies"..
i hope Glen Turner, the new billionaire owner of the RedStar is happy with these hit pieces against business.. what next, maybe go after NBA owners..

Posting corrected. Please do not edit an article more than once. It must be from the beginning of article.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 8/17/2014 11:07:00 AM     (No. 9969060)

The scenery there is very similar to much of the west, including where I live in the 4 corners area. Sometimes I feel conflicted about energy development, where I live is one of the largest natural gas production areas on the continent. But then, common sense takes over and I think about our energy independence and how important it is to our country and way of life. You learn to live with the gas wells, they just become part of the scenery. I´m going to go on a ride on my dirt bike in a few minutes, and when I do I probably will see at least a dozen gas wells in the hills behind my house. But they are necessary. And I live with it. The woman in this article just needs to come to terms with reality. That´s about as good as it gets in putting into words my feelings on this subject.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: strike3, 8/17/2014 11:19:33 AM     (No. 9969072)

Just stand in front of the bulldozers, honey, they will stop for you. If you want your own little private piece of scenery, make yourself a fortune and buy it. By the way, how do you get to work every day?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MissMann, 8/17/2014 1:10:19 PM     (No. 9969236)

So, let me see if I have this right: Now if you can SEE it from a national park, it´s "protected" as part of the national park? Yikes! Where does that end?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sw penn, 8/17/2014 1:26:06 PM     (No. 9969251)

“So much of what you’re looking at is outside the park, and it’s so vulnerable,” she said. How will she protect it all?

Same as her boss...

Through spectacular, unauthorized, unconstitutional, over-reach?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: web, 8/17/2014 1:43:46 PM     (No. 9969273)

Can´t leftists ever be honest? The article has nothing to do with keeping oil production out of the park. They object to even seeing any evidence of it from the park. This is a new tactic of the left/environ-mentalists: they object to having their "view" spoiled by evidence of civilization, and want to control all development that could degrade it. They tried it here, proposing fines for "allowing" trees to die, what type of landscaping allowed, etc. Search for "scenic corridors" and "National Blueways" Nothing wrong with preserving nature, but leftist totalitarian leanings always get the best of them, and they go too far

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Islander, 8/17/2014 3:00:13 PM     (No. 9969366)

Err ... pardon me. But Texas has had oil and gas wells in federal, state and local parks for 1/2 to 3/4 of a century. Padre Island National Seashore has a dozen or more gas wells within in and the royalties they receive (which much of the fed vampires siphon off) goes towards maintenance of the park.

Most of the school districts in North Texas are collecting royalties from the Barnett Shale wells on their properties. (And those that aren´t wish they were!) There is a *church* near me with a gas well hidden behind some trees on their land!

Duh!!


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Reply 7 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/17/2014 9:42:13 PM     (No. 9969708)

The country owns the land that makes up the national park. They don´t own the surrounding land. I am cool with them trying to minimize the tanks and pumping stations that could be moved a couple of miles away. And in this case the company went to a great deal of effort to accommodate the request. The company would like to be able to connect to a gas collection pipe, but the demand exceeds supply. No company likes burning something they could otherwise sell.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dvc, 8/17/2014 9:53:38 PM     (No. 9969722)

OUTSIDE the park! The headline is a lie.

End of discussion. Sorry, the park is protected, the surroundings are NOT. They are like any other place, and the landowners can do what they want with them.

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