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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Study: Planning key to minimizing effect of oil on Badlands
Better planning and coordination are needed to reduce the impact of oil development in North Dakota's Badlands, a report released today says.
More than 70 North Dakotans participated in a study aimed at assessing oil development in the Badlands and the Little Missouri River Valley, with most agreeing that more should be done to preserve the land while developing the resources.
"The overriding theme was that we need to do a better job with the surface, for the surface owner, for ranching and for wildlife," said Rod Backman, owner of Covenant Consulting Group in Bismarck, which conducted the study.
The firm conducted interviews with ranchers, conservation representatives, government officials and the oil industry to gauge the stakeholders' attitudes and identify areas for improvement.
Most participants were not critical about the oil industry's development in the Badlands, but commented that it came too fast and resulted in some areas of duplicate infrastructure, Backman said. Most participants were not critical about the oil industry's development in the Badlands, but commented that it came too fast and resulted in some areas of duplicate infrastructure, Backman said. Several ranchers commented that oil companies would move facilities or roads for landowners who owned minerals, "but if you don't have minerals, they don't pay much attention to you," Backman said.
The study, funded by the World Wildlife Fund, was not aimed at hindering oil development, but designed to spur discussion about ways to minimize impacts in the future.
North Dakota has more than 13,000 producing oil and gas wells, and is protected to ultimately have between 55,000 to 65,000 wells...more