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North Dakota’s Measure 5: Conservation in the Oil Boom

Update: On Tuesday November 4 North Dakota voters rejected Measure 5 with a resounding 79.4 percent voting against the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. Oil prices on Tuesday slumped to a three-year low, slashing profits of energy companies operating in the Bakken.  North Dakota’s oil patch Locals call it the “oil patch.” With the magic of advanced hydrofracking technology and…

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Bakken Formation

Video Friday: The Boundless Boom of the Bakken Formation Threatens Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Winthrop Roosevelt, the great-great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, narrates this video from ThinkProgess about the unabated “boom with no boundaries” from the exploding oil and gas development in the Bakken formation of  western North Dakota. Drilling operations now encroach and encircle Roosevelt National Park, threatening one of the nations most enduring and unique wild places. As noted in ThinkProgress, the residents of North…

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