Video: Chaos in North Dakota

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.

Montana Rail System

Montana Rail System: Only two main routes

Trains that take the southern route go right through Billings, Laurel and Columbus. The next plume of smoke you see could be right nearby.

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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2 Responses to Video: Chaos in North Dakota

  1. Carlos X says:

    Actually, it’s “the price you pay” when capital interests control “your” government: hard to stand up when you have no standing. An economic tsunami is as physical as a hydraulic tsunami (no pun), just measured differently. If you can’t swim, you’d better run.
    See Chris Eckhoff’s Guest Editorial in 01/10/2014 Billings Gazette for an operant example described by a keen observer.

    • davidjkatz says:

      I don’t dispute the difficulty of fighting off corporate interests, and Chris’ guest editorial was daunting. But American history is full of examples of citizens successfully fighting long odds to win their rights against corporations. Recent fracking history already has a number of examples of people rising up to demand their rights, in Pennsylvania, Dallas, Colorado and other places.

      Chris’ notion that you either need to give in or leave doesn’t sit well with me. I’m ready to fight, and I’m guessing a lot of others are as well.

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