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 Governor 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, pretty much everybody believes that there will be a legal challenge to the refinery’s site before construction begins, and I’d guess that the Governor would be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.