Protect The North Dakota Badlands
  • Petitioned Tom Vilsack

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary of Agriculture (USDA)
Tom Vilsack
North Dakota Governor
North Dakota
Gov. John Dalrymple

Protect The North Dakota Badlands

    1. Marc Landblom
    2. Petition by

      Marc Landblom

      Dickison, ND

Oil companies are exploring the idea of drilling oil and gas wells under the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, placing well locations next to the park boundaries. Also, they are interested in areas "Suitable for Wilderness"  to be open for oil field development.  This will have negative effects on wildlife and tourism. 

The oil boom in North Dakota is out of control. The state officials have done little to protect the residents, the communities, the wildlife, and the landscape. It is truely the Wild West.

 The North Dakota Badlands are home for the many animals; bison, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, eagles,  and bighorn sheep. The Badlands are the main attraction for tourism. People from around the world have traveled here to enjoy the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and to have personal adventures along the Maah Daah Hey Trail.  Also, ranchers utilize the Little Missouri National Grasslands (Badlands) for raising cattle.  Even big game hunters enjoy the solitude and rugged terrain.

Lets keep the State Lands and Little Missouri National Grasslands for ranching, recreation, tourism, and wildlife.  Lets keep the North Dakota Badlands for the future generations to explore. 

Stop drilling oil and gas wells in the North Dakota Badlands

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,200 signatures
    2. Elkhorn Ranch

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for speaking out for the Badlands. Your message to Governor Dalrymple and to the secretary of agriculture has helped push for protection and better management of our public lands in North Dakota. Little Missouri State Park is a huge loss, but the rest of the Badlands are being carefully planned for future impacts. Elkhorn Ranch Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is under consideration for more federal protection. We need to encourage Washington, DC, to take action in protecting the Elkhorn Ranch area, as well as the projected wilderness area. Please write your congressmen, asking them to help protect the wild areas on the North Dakota Badlands. Please encourage your friends to sign the petition as well. Let's keep the pressure on.
      Marc

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. What Little Missouri State Park will look like.

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the Facebook page for this petition as well. Theres a real life photo of whats happening around there.

    5. Little Missouri State Park

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      Maybe it's time to march to the capital. It's time to call out Jack. At the Future of Hunting Conference, last March, Gov. Dalrymple claimed to be a hunter that is concerned about wildlife habitat.
      At the state tourism meeting he claimed how important tourism is to North Dakota. What is going on? If these are truly his concerns, Jack will stop this from happening. Little Missouri State Park is managed as Wilderness. Why are 10 oil wells being placed in the park? This is about greed.
      Maybe the reason why Bullion Butte was pulled off the land lease auction is because the Three Forks Formation doesn't produce the amount of oil that the Bakken does. So by pulling Bullion Butte off the list makes Jack look concerned....
      Smoke and mirrors....

    6. Little Missouri State Park

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      Maybe it's time to march to the capital. It's time to call out Jack. At the Future of Hunting Conference, last March, Gov. Dalrymple claimed to be a hunter that is concerned about wildlife habitat.
      At the state tourism meeting he claimed how important tourism is to North Dakota. What is going on? If these are truly his concerns, Jack will stop this from happening. Littlte Missouri State Park is managed as Wilderness. Why are 80 oil wells being placed in the park? This is about greed.
      Maybe the reason why Bullion Butte was pulled off the land lease auction is because the Three Forks Formation doesn't produce the amount of oil that the Bakken does. So by pulling Bullion Butte off the list makes Jack look concerned....
      Smoke and mirrors....

    7. We're still fighting

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      Its been 2 months since the petition started. Over 1,780 signitures have been collected by now. Its been a slow process campagning this petition due to lack of funds. No money for mass advertising has made it difficult to contact everybody. Thats ok, we will keep pushing foward. If you can encourage your contacts to sign and share the message, that will help a bunch. We need to continue putting pressure on Governor Jack and Sec of Ag Vilsack to take action in preserving the Badlands for hunting, wildlife habitat, trail use, camping, uninterupted vistas, and agriculture.
      Thank you everybody for signing the petition. Thanks to all the local publications for spreading the message to the state and the nation.

      If you need help telling friends and family, theres a facebook page that can lead them to this petition.

    8. Bakken Talkin'

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      To all the people from the middle of the Patch. Glad to see your support. Please, Help spread the word about the petition. It might be set for 2,000 signatures, but we'll keep it rolling past that. We need to stand and protect something. Our public lands are ours to speak for, to protect.
      If anybody is hesitant to sign it, encourage them to take a stand with the rest of us. What do we have to lose? I know what we lose if we do nothing. We lose ourselves. People may criticize your efforts, but they will appreciate your efforts as time rolls on.
      If anybody would like to help even more send me a message. I need help hanging posters. The shoe string budget for this petition is out of my own pocket. It's not easy to get everywhere. We stand together, let's help each other. Let's "Rock the Boat".

      Thank you,
      Marc

    9. The lessons of Theodores Roosevelt

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      The North Dakota Badlands are where Theodore Roosevelt came to heal after the death of his wife. He also needed to refuel himself for his ongoing political carreer. The valuable lessons of conservation were taught here. The Badlands are where the idea of conservation originated in the political world.
      North Dakota utilizes Theodore Roosevelt's name to honor his accomplishments. The National Park symbolizes his conservation views. But as a state, North Dakota lacks the practice that he preached. Not only is oil exploration shadowing Roosevelt's message of conservation, but other mineral interests, like uranium, can erasing it as well. Two areas (south of Medora) that are being pushed to become "wilderness" are under the radar for uranium exploration. We need to remember and practice the lessons of conservation. We need to protect the birthplace of conservation.

    10. Reached 1,500 signatures
    11. Making waves

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everybody that signed this petition. We are over 1,400 people strong. We are making waves in Bismarck. This petition will continue on for a while, as long as more people help reach new goals. I am very grateful for all your help in making a stand for public lands. The views posted have been eye opening. Lets keep rocking the boat. Spread the word!
      Marc

    12. What is the ultimate goal of this petition?

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      This Petition will help (not in any order of priority):
      1. Protect the areas "Proposed for Wilderness", and propel the US Congress to designate these areas as "Wilderness". Without this designation, these areas are vulnerable to mineral exploration.
      2. Protect the Maah Daah Hey Trail, it's connector trails, and campgrounds. Who will enjoy the trails and campgrounds if they are shadowed by oil development? The idea of the trails are to escape the "concrete and steel". People need time away from that world and a chance to hear themselves.
      3.Keep the oil wells away from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Placing oil well locations next to the park's boundaries makes visitors feel trapped in an island. Wildlife are encouraged to migrate in and out of its back gates, so they can graze within the public lands. But with oil activity, many elk cows remain inside the park's fence.
      4.Protect tourism, recreation, wildlife (and habitat), and ranching.

    13. Reached 1,000 signatures
    14. Will we still be able to enjoy the stars?

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      After the oil field workers read this, they were offended and defensive. They saw this as an attack on there jobs and national security. I knew this would happen. I have worked in the oil fields of Norh Dakota and Africa. I have witnessed the good and the bad sides of oil development. The good is that lots of men and women have honest jobs working in the oil industry. They make sacrifices that can jepardise there relationships and/or families due to 100+ hours they work every week. They are the ones that are making the nation run. They are the fuel for our economy. For this I respect thier efforts and wish them the best. For the women and children that are without thier men, because of the long hours and being away from home, please be patient and supportive.
      The negative side of this Oil Boom is that the little guys are being ran over.
      There is a time and place for everything. The time for oil development is now. But it doesn't need to destroy everything in its path.

    15. Reached 500 signatures
    16. Additional insight

      Marc Landblom
      Petition Organizer

      If you would like some more information about what is happening in western North Dakota and the Badlands, check these pages on Facebook:
      +Badlands Conservation Alliance
      +Bakken Watch FB Page

    17. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Loren Hegge BRADENTON, FL
      • 10 months ago

      One of my fondest memories, save it for future generations to see, oil just goes up in smoke.

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    • Nancy Willis BISMARCK, ND
      • 12 months ago

      We are losing so much of our land, wildlife habitat, wildlife and plants to noise, spills, intrusion of people & machines, and pollution. It's out of control.

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    • Kateri Hilton HOMESTEAD, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      We visited T. Roosevelt park on vacation this year. Words cannot explain the beauty and live entertainment (buffaloes, prairie dogs, wild mustangs) we enjoyed so much. We will return.

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    • john casper HILLCITY, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      We need to protect the few places left with the natural beauty as the Badlands do. I say drill baby drill there are thousands of acres available to drill on

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    • bryan leininger FARGO, ND
      • over 1 year ago

      It's sad to know that my Governor is in the position to benefit from allowing an oil company to drill. Its one thing to happen to own shares in a company that is drilling oil. It is entirely different to be in a position to provide them with a permit to become more profitable at the expense of the state which is paying you.

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