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Is Western North Dakota Tap Water Potable? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Monday, 01 April 2013 08:54

DalrympleWomenA small-town newspaper story was making the rounds on the internet over the weekend about a presentation in Dunn Center -- a/k/a "God's Country" -- about dangerous, poisoned tap water in the Minot area.  The story is about a presentation by Lance Loken, an environmental and natural resources consultant, to a group of farmers and landowners in Dunn County.  Loken had tested startlingly high levels of sulfates and chlorides in water ponds near an area in Billings County where nine dead cows had been found. It is "probable," according to the story, that the poisonous pond water resulted when truck drivers were illegally dumping fracking byproducts -- "salt water" (which is more than just salt and water) -- in "inappropriate locations" in the area.  Here's a snippet from the story:

“ND has unique geology. This isn’t West Texas. This is a unique ecosystem,”  [Loken] said.

In Minot, Loken made another surprising discovery – one that left him concerned.

Loken conducted an environmental test at an abandoned salvage yard located at an undisclosed location in Minot. The adjacent property was known to take waste from the Minot Air Force Base. As Loken investigated the area, he found a letter from the North Dakota Department of Health that basically recommended the tap water should not be consumed.

His tests discovered the water was radioactive.

North Dakota and Iowa are the top two states for radioactive materials. Radiation results in about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year, but there are different radioactive isotopes that result in different contamination.

DunnCountyExtra.com (emphasis added)

So ground water in Billings County is poisonous.  Tap water in the Minot area is "radioactive."  What could possibly go wrong?

Meanwhile... Jack Dalrymple says he wouldn't have voted to approve of the well site for a company for which he is part owner next to the Elkhorn Ranch.  Here's what he said, apparently:

“A lot of people were shocked, but so was the governor,” Dalrymple said. “We would never have sited a well there. It would have never happened.”

Fargo Forum

Suuuuuuuure he wouldn't have sited the well there.  

Sorry, but the blogger doesn't believe him.

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DavidHG said:

More water
It seems that more and more water is becoming contaminated. This is why I don't drink tap water at all. In fact, many people that I know who do drink the tap water seem to be sick all the time. Sure, illnesses may not show up right away, all the time, but nonetheless there is still cause for concern here. I hope that you will keep us posted on any updates.


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