“One of the things my wife last year, had her fight with breast cancer. One of the things that causes breast cancer is pollution. Now to find a direct tie to maybe that spill, or the constant flaring that goes on in the valley there’s every possibility that her cancer was caused by that pollution.”
Real people impacted by oil and gas development.
Below, you’ll find real people telling their stories of living in the shadow of oil and gas development. From air pollution by methane leaks and flares to contaminated groundwater to farmland destroyed by brine spills to health effects like asthma and cancer told by the people suffering from them.
- Air Pollution
- Health Effects
- Spills and Leaks
- Property Damage
“The first thing was the blowout. That was our first indication that this wasn’t going to be a good thing. It threw a chemical fog over our property, and the fog was so thick we could not see the cattle in the field.”
“Right now, there’s about 1,500 oil and gas wells on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Many of those are flaring 24-7, which means that you can see gas flares in every direction you look.”
Joletta Bird Bear and Fort Berthold POWER Still Have a Long Way to Go to Get Clean Air on the Reservation. Flares danced all the…
Daryl and Christine Peterson have lost over $1 million in farmland value from produced water spills. On a bright July day, Daryl Peterson stood four…
Dawn Stein stood in her front yard, shaded by a canopy of rustling, century-old cottonwood trees. A well-manicured lawn surrounded her tidy white house. On…
“My name is Laura Grzanic. I live in Belfield, North Dakota. I’ve lived here for 31 years. In the past couple of years, Meridian Corp,…
Ben: I’m Ben Tipton Sharyn: I’m Sharon Tipton. We live in Battlement Mesa, Colorado. Ben: We’ve been here in Battlement Mesa for three years.…