STOP Oil Drilling Near Bear Butte sign now

On November 18, 2010, the Department of Natural Resources approved an application for oil drilling just west of Bear Butte for Nakota Energy LLC. Another application was approved on August 18, 2010 to evaluate oil possibilities in the area.

The DNR held a contested case hearing in Pierre South Dakota on the 18th, unknown to most of Meade County residents and/or the general public. The notification of public notice for said hearing was very limited, if at all.

The public needs to have proper input on this issue, have the ability to oppose and the opportunity to voice concerns about oil drilling next to Bear Butte.

Bear Butte is a sacred site located in the Black Hills and has been subjected to continual development and encroachment which violates the sacredness of the mountain. Exploitation of Mother Earth it's minerals, oil and other natural resources is another violation of encroachment against Bear Butte.

The discovery of oil and potential for drilling near Bear Butte will bring further unwanted development, noise pollution, traffic and population to the mountain.

Bear Butte Lake has been a National Wildlife Refuge in cooperation with State Parks and USFWS since 1967. It is home for migratory birds and endangered species and is protected by Federal law. The risk for potential oil spills, leaks and accidents could greatly affect local wells and water supplies, Bear Butte Lake, Bear Butte Creek and Spring Creek. The environmental impact of oil spills has devastating effects on wildlife and water supplies. We want to keep the surrounding area of Bear Butte a peaceful and tranquil environment, which does not include oil drilling fields and machinery.

Bear Butte is a sacred site, a cultural icon and has four National Designations for protection including:

National Historical Landmark listed on December 21, 1981
National Historical Places listed on June 19, 1973
National Natural Landmark, listed on April 1965
Registered National Trail (Bear Butte Summit Trail), listed on June 1,1971

The mountain deserves respect and protection, not exploitation.

The undersigned hereby each oppose all oil drilling near Bear Butte and request DNR to revoke the recent application(s) and properly open the issue for public comments and concerns.

Please consider our request and reopen public comments.

Thank you.

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Nakota Energy, Department of Natural Resources Oil & Energy, Meade County Commissioners

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