By Brenda Jorgenson, White Earth farmer
The effects on these established Russian Olive trees began in the summer of 2011. I started questioning and documenting when my eyes perceptibly observed problems driving by the oil well pad. I suspected problems when the fumes from the oil well pad’s open pit and fracking chemicals wafted into our yard one-half mile away. It was not possible to stand as close to it as the trees were without my body wanting to shut off any inhalation. Even during the winter, while snowmobiling and wearing a full head-covered helmet, smells from the pit were strong.