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Shawn Perich is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, he shares his perspectives through Points North.
The past decade has brought sweeping changes to the high plains—the Big Empty sweeping westward from the Dakotas to the Rocky Mountains. Energy production has driven much of the change as drilling for gas and oil, and coal mining have been ramped up to meet the nation’s insatiable demand for fuel. Development in the form of roads, pipelines and drilling rigs has become part of a landscape once dominated by sagebrush and grazing cattle.
Recently, energy activity on the high plains has been among the few bright spots in the national economy, attracting workers to small towns ill-prepared for a population surge. The flip side is that some folks are concerned the boom is too much of a good thing. A recent issue of Dakota Country magazine notes North Dakota lacks both the community infrastructure and environmental regulations necessary to address the growth occurring in its western counti...
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Intro and OutroINTRO:
Shawn Perich is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio, who shares his perspectives on conservation and the outdoors in Northern Minnesota. In this edition of Points North, Shawn talks about the recent development in the West and North areas and how conservation groups become a scape goat in tight times.OUTRO:
That was Shawn Perich, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, online at wtip.org. Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund