JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie —A Short Message About Our National Park

This might be the shortest blog post I’ve ever written. Or will ever write. But it’s an important one, so if you are concerned about the possibility of an oil refinery being built next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park as I am, please take just one minute to read it.

I had a chance encounter with Gov. Doug Burgum this weekend. We had a lengthy, frank and off-the-record discussion about the Davis refinery.

Off-the-record, but I think I can share a few things with you after the conversation without him objecting.

First, I don’t think the governor wants an oil refinery next to our national park any more than you and I do, but I believe he is committed to letting the regulatory process play out, without interfering with his agencies.

Second, I think that he believes, as do many of us, that there will be a legal process before construction begins on the refinery and that he is committed to letting that legal process play out as well.

And third, if the refinery gets its permits and survives a legal challenge, I am starting to get the feeling that we might be able to convince the governor to intervene personally with the company and try to get them to move it away from the park.

To convince him, we need to let the governor know that we will support any efforts he undertakes to get the company to move the refinery away from the national park by sending him an e-mail at governor@nd.gov. We can do that now, or we can do that after the legal process is over. But now might be better.

To quote my new online friend and fellow blogger, Judge Tom Davies: Amen.

One thought on “JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie —A Short Message About Our National Park”

  • Diana Esta J Green February 11, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Our government has a habit of choosing the way of least resistance to get what it wants. It is NOT a well known fact that the Parks are PUBLICALLY owned , not owned by the government. T he President and the congress has CARE of them, but does NOT OWN THEM. THEY ARE OWNED BY THE PEOPLE. Most people think they have no say but WE DO. It is time to WAKE UP and see the responsibility we have as citizens for the care of our Parks, and to fight for the rights of the Native Americans where their rights are concerned. Natives are STILL treated as 3rd class citizens, with no rights even on their reservations. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE. It is 2018, not 1850.
    Wild Hawk.


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