Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

"Willie Nelson, Neil Young Lend Their Talents to Keystone XL Fight"

"NELIGH, Neb. — Music legends Willie Nelson and Neil Young delivered Saturday on a promise to comfort opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline while also pleasing a few project supporters who ventured into a crowded Nebraska farm field."

Source: Omaha World Herald, 09/30/2014

"Frack Quietly, Please: Sage Grouse Is Nesting"

"CASPER, Wyo. — In a new oil field among the rolling hills near here, Chesapeake Energy limits truck traffic to avoid disturbing the breeding and nesting of a finicky bird called the greater sage grouse. To the west, on a gas field near Yellowstone National Park, Shell Oil is sowing its own special seed mix to grow plants that nourish the birds and hide their chicks from predators."

Source: NY Times, 07/21/2014

Near Saltwater Spill, Native Americans Wrestle With Impact of Oil

"MANDAREE, N.D. — Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land around it were a wonderland."

Source: AP, 07/14/2014


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