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A personal story: Dennis Johnsrud, Williston, ND

Today’s post is one of a series of personal stories on this site about how the shale oil and gas boom has affected the lives of the people in the communities that are touched by drilling.

The first thing Dennis Johnsrud hears anytime a pipeline company wants to site a line on his property is that they are there to ‘work with the farmers.’

“It’s a red flag to me now,” Johnsrud says on a fair-weather Thursday afternoon in a wheat full of golden stubble. “The last 10 guys said that, and it never happened.”

There is a trail of broken promises tracking through Johnsrud’s fields. He says he’s telling his story because, if farmers won’t speak up, the story will only be told by the other side, and no one will realize the realities farmers are facing in an economy that is increasingly harsh and unforgiving to the families who have shepherded this land for generations.

Click to read more of Johnrud’s story, which reminds us that Montana, even more than North Dakota, provides few protections for private ownership rights against the oil and gas companies. The need for local landowners to set regulations for how drilling is done on their properties is greater than ever. Continue reading

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A personal story: Grace Her Many Horses, Newtown, North Dakota

Today’s personal story was originally published in 2014 in the Sicangu Eyapaha (Rosebud Sioux) tribal newspaper, and written by Damon RunningHorse-Buckley, who at that time was Communications Director of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. It provides an account of an experienced … Continue reading

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A personal story: Kelly, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania

This personal story is one of a series on Preserve the Beartooth Front chronicling the impact of the oil and gas boom on the lives of people all over North America. You can see other personal stories in our series by … Continue reading

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Oil and gas: 10 lessons for 2015

2014 was a tumultuous year along the Beartooth Front. It began with our communities reeling from an announcement by Energy Corporation of America that the company planned to bring “a little bit of the Bakken” here, a quick drilling permit … Continue reading

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A personal story: Cathy McMullen, Denton Texas

Cathy McMullen, Denton Texas We’ve talked about the Denton, Texas fracking ban and its legal aftermath. Today we have the personal story of Cathy McMullen, the local citizen who led the fight. This is one of a series of personal stories … Continue reading

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A personal story: Jaime Frederick, Coitsville, Ohio

This personal story is one of a series on this blog chronicling the impact of the oil and gas boom on the lives of people all over North America. You can see other personal stories in our series by clicking here. … Continue reading

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A personal story: Terry Greenwood, Daisytown, Pennsylvania

My drinking water went bad in January 2008. It looked like iced tea. When I called the company, they said, “Don’t drink it.” Telling personal stories The oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in … Continue reading

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A personal story: Peter von Tiesenhausen, Demmitt, Alberta

 “I’m not trying to get money for my land, I’m just trying to relate to these companies on their level. Once I started charging $500 an hour for oil companies to come talk to me, the meetings got shorter and … Continue reading

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A personal story: Dustin Bergsing, Edgar, Montana (with audio)

Telling personal stories The oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in many locations across North America, and many stories have come to light about individuals and families whose lives have been personally affected. This post … Continue reading

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A personal story: Carol French, Bradford County, Pennsylvania (with video)

Telling personal stories The oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in many locations across North America, and many stories have come to light about individuals and families whose lives have been personally affected. This post … Continue reading

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