Native Sun News: Tribal member speaks out against fracking

“It is time that we stop allowing these gases to be burned or vented into the atmosphere,” Dakota Resource Council board member Lisa DeVille (center) told the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Photo from DRC / Facebook

Trying to understand fracking industry flares
MHA Nation rep speaks out about dangers
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News
Health & Environment Editor

WASHINGTON –– Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara tribal member Lisa DeVille was among the first to testify on the dangers of uncontrolled fracking flares following the EPA’s recent extension until Dec. 4 of a deadline for public comment on new oil-and-gas industry pollution rules.

“We need monitoring, research, testing, and studies that show the environmental and human health impacts of exposure, said DeVille, a lifelong resident of Mandaree on the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation, which is at the heart of the North Dakota’s Bakken oil field bustle.

“In North Dakota, the technology does not exist to reduce or eliminate the gas flaring,” De-Ville testified at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3-5.

DeVille, who earned a degree in Environmental Science from Ft. Berthold Community College in New Town, North Dakota, in 2015, received the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition “Arc of Justice Award” on Nov. 14, for her outstanding environmental justice achievements.

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