Who’s minding the store? It’s clear that nobody is looking after the public interest. We hear it over and over again from public officials in North Dakota and eastern Montana, “This is the price you have to pay for energy independence.”
It isn’t. This is the price you have to pay when citizens don’t stand up for their rights.
NOTE: At the request of a reader I’m adding the Montana railway map. There are only two routes westbound trains can take out of the Bakken, one north and one south.
Trains that take the southern route go right through Billings, Laurel and Columbus. The next plume of smoke you see could be right nearby.