“We as property owners, we may not have the minerals or get any benefits from oil, but development should not do this much harm to the land. Reclamation standards in North Dakota are such that even if the oil companies meet those minimum standards we farmers still can’t grow the crops we want to grow on certain land.
What would I tell people that are just seeing oil and gas development in their area? I would ask that they take an interest in protecting their farms. I would also invite them to come up and do a tour of my land. That will allow them to see the damage that has already been done to my land and show them the urgent need to get protections before development starts”