HuffPo: "Drill, baby, drill" Is Coming to Indian Country
Tim Giago. Founder, Native American Journalists Association
The oil boom is coming to South Dakota, "Not if, but when," according to those in the know, including Governor Dennis Daugaard.
The apprehension for the coming explosion is ambivalent. South Dakotans, including those Native Americans living on the Indian reservations that may be caught in the middle of the oil development companies and the protestors that are sure to come, are looking at what is happening in the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota.
According to an article by Talli Nauman, the Health and Environment Editor for Native Sun News, a Native American weekly newspaper based in Rapid City:
The volume of drilling applications in the Bakken shale formation ballooned 500 percent during the past five years, half of it on American Indian mineral estates. Since 2007 applications to drill on Fort Berthold, the home of the Three Affiliated Tribes, in the heart of the Bakken, have gone from 0 to 175. More than $3 million in drilling permit fees were collected in fiscal 2011.