In an energy-rich state like North Dakota, it seems everyone with a vested interest has an opinion on what should or shouldn't happen next. So, when the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency visits, they want to their messages to be heard. She visited the Standing Rock Reservation today, and other visits are set for tomorrow.
Tribal leaders say they're concerned about the potential impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline. Council members say the pipeline could interfere with natural water sources and endanger access to clean drinking water.
"It's genocide, because it's the taking of our water. It's the destroying of our water quality and the potential for clean drinking water for humanity. We are the canary in the mine. And you need water, just like we need water," says tribal council member Phyllis Young.
The tribe has issued a resolution in opposition to the pipeline. And the head of the Environmental Protection Agency says she understands their concerns.
"Relative to the concerns you've expressed to me over the availability and access to clean ground water in drinking water supplies, as well as impacts on surface water, which can impact natural resources that are important to the tribe, these are not unusual considerations or concerns. I think we share those," says U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
McCarthy says she also understand the burdens tribes have had to pay for broader national gains. And she hopes the tribe and the EPA can work through the water quality challenges together.
"We're focused on protecting everybody equally and ensuring that everyone has access to clean water, clean air, and safe land to live on. And there are populations that have been left behind. There are pockets of individuals that are facing more significant challenges environmentally than others," says McCarthy.
The tribe presented McCarthy with a quilt to show their appreciation for her visit and the partnership they will continue to have.
McCarthy also visited Sitting Bull tribal college and the solid waste transfer station.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.