Tribal members concerned about proposed oil refinery
Posted: 25 Sep 2008 02:35 PM CDT
Tribal community members from the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations have major concerns about the dangers they will face if the Council of the Three Affiliated Tribes (TAT), along with Triad Engineers Limited (of Linden, Utah and Calgary, Alberta, Canada), go ahead with their plan to build a new oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. “The people of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nations and of the surrounding area are all already living and dying with the devastating, adverse effects imposed upon our health & well being by the existing multiple polluting stressors of several coal/lignite power plants, the USA’s first coal gasification plant, coal mining, oil wells, the states existing oil refinery, and farm land herbicide/pesticide use, and we all agree that the proposed refinery’s toxic effects to human and environmental health and well being can not be and will not be tolerated or accepted,” explains the Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC), a grassroots group that was formed by tribal members. “The incidence of asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and many other chronic health conditions, diagnosis and associated death is of already extreme number amongst the Indian and non-Indian alike. Health care needs and existing emergency services are also extremely lacking and unmet.” The EAC is also concerned about existing levels of mercury contamination in fish, to which the North Dakota State Department of Health have responded on numerous occasions by issuing Fish Consumption Advisories. “[This pollution] is a result of coal fired power plants surrounding the Three Affiliated Tribes’ reservation,” ...