An excellent letter

I saw this link posted on the No Fracking Facebook page, and wanted to pass it along. It’s a November 7 letter from Mary Johnson, who lives in Red Lodge but lived in North Dakota for 25 years and knows firsthand what the Bakken transformation was like.

She focuses not on environmental issues, but on the impact of drilling on the quality of life in the area. We’ve touched on these issues in this blog, but nothing says it better than someone who’s been there. What she describes — increases in crime, traffic, road repair, cost of living, taxes, waste dumping, squatting, demands on underconstructed infrastructure — are sobering when you imagine them along Highway 78.

She concludes with an admonition that all of us who care about the Beartooth Front need to take seriously:

I’m saying, weigh the impact on our community and keep asking questions that address the negatives.  There’s a price to pay for unregulated, reckless, hurried oil extraction. Believe me, you don’t want “something like the Bakken” here.

What happened in the Bakken could have been avoided with proper foresight and vigilance on the part of citizens and the North Dakota legislature. If you care, you need to be in action. You should:

Anything this valuable is worth fighting for. Stop watching and get into action. Now.

Update: Follow up letter here.

About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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1 Response to An excellent letter

  1. mtxdoc says:


    Sorry about the spam filter. Took care of that. Thanks for the new post. David Lehnherr    

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