I’m not a scientist…
unless you count teaching 6th grade science for a dozen years or more.
Even at that I had to scramble to keep up with the knowledge base. I’m also not an engineer, a geologist or a chemist.
So when I started to hear about “fracking” & drilling, I didn’t pay much attention to it. Since it hasn’t been happening in my back yard much – yet – it’s been easy to set aside.
I don’t want to get “preachy” here & there are certainly others eminently more qualified to speak about this matter but…
I’ve been traveling this past week, breezing through the Upper Penninsula, zipping through Minnesota, zooming into North Dakota. The first actual destination was the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Unit) which is described as the “Badlands of North Dakota”. I journeyed to The Badlands in South Dakota several years ago & was suitably impressed. The Roosevelt Park scenery is similar to its cousin to the south, but smaller & more accessible. Spent a bucolic couple of hours driving through, snapping photos of bison, birds & longhorn…picnicking, breathing deeply… enjoyed every moment.
Then headed north into what I now know is the Bakken Oil Field, a journey from the sublime, right straight into the heart of the ridiculous. I’ve read about the California Gold Rush, the Texas Oil Boom, the Alaskan Pipeline. They all sounded horrible in a kind of fascinating way.
North Dakota has decided to allow drilling for oil in the northwest corner of their state. I know there are arguments for & against what they have chosen & I’m not qualified to innumerate them.
I just want to encourage you to do one thing…
Buy a plane ticket to the northwest corner of North Dakota & drive around a bit. You should decide for yourself what you think about the issues of oil drilling & “fracking” in & around Torch Lake & Michigan.
Me… I’m off to do some more hiking!!!