Mandaree, ND

“My area is a prairie area. It was full of wildlife, of deer and antelope and grouse and birds, all different varieties and species. But now those are gone, and the difference is astounding. I think that people are talking more about the impacts now. I think at first, people were just anticipating all the money. That was what governed our thinking, and our decision making, but now, I think, in general, people are talking more about the water, the land, the air, the noise, the traffic, and all health impacts that are coming. They aren’t quantified yet, but we know they’re coming. Other communities in Colorado, in Texas, Pennsylvania…those communities have already gone through what we’re entering into. It’s not as if we don’t know what’s down the road.”

Joletta Bird Bear
Mandaree, ND

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