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Alliance Pipeline Meets with Some Landowner Resistance

By Ashley Lau
Reprinted with Permission from the Tioga Tribune

Emotion bubbled over at what was supposed to be a “good neighbor” meeting between Alliance Pipeline representa­tives and area landowners.

Photo of White Earth Valley courtesy of Brenda Jorgenson

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“I’m Just Doing My Job, Ma’am”…

By Brenda Jorgenson, White Earth farmer

A maintainer back sloping between a Petro Hunt oil well pad and a row of Russian Olive trees on the Richard and Brenda Jorgenson farm near White Earth, ND. No one has taken responsibility for this.

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.

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