Oil Patch residents want voice in new legislation: Concerns voiced at 'Build a Better Bakken' meeting about water usage, safety


BISMARCK -- Brenda Jorgenson wasn't used to being a public speaker or environmental advocate.

But the third-generation farmer and rancher near White Earth is becoming one as she works to prevent oil development from harming the White Earth Valley for future generations.

"I've learned that I have to because I feel that I've been called to be a steward of the land that we've been privileged to farm and ranch," she said.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.