National Trust for Historic Preservation Applauds XTO Energy’s Withdrawal of Application to Drill Near Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch but Remains Alert

Statement by David J. Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

On March 21, XTO Energy withdrew its proposal to place four oil wells immediately adjacent to the western edge of the Elkhorn Ranch Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The North Dakota Oil & Gas Division was scheduled to review XTO’s permit request on March 28. The following is a statement by David J. Brown, National Trust Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer:

“We commend XTO for withdrawing its request to place four oil wells in close proximity to the Elkhorn Ranch.  The intense visual impact, noise, air pollution and traffic associated with XTO’s drilling would have ruined the serene setting of the ranch where Theodore Roosevelt formed his views on conservation. 

“The National Trust will continue to monitor oil and gas development in proximity to the Elkhorn Ranch Unit and within the greater Elkhorn Ranch landscape. With our national, state and local partners, we are working to preserve the sanctity and integrity of this National Treasure. While we recognize that the oil and gas industry is an important part of North Dakota’s economy, care must be taken that it not damage a site of such historic and cultural value. We urge the North Dakota Oil & Gas Division to join us in protecting North Dakota’s priceless heritage from future threats.”


BACKGROUND ON THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S ELKHORN RANCH
Theodore Roosevelt hunted, ran cattle, and explored this expansive ranch in the rugged North Dakota Badlands in the late 19th century. It was here that the 26th president of the United States developed a deep appreciation for the American West and for conservation. The integrity and serenity of the ranch, which lies on both sides of the Little Missouri River, is now threatened by oil and gas development. This prompted the National Trust to name Elkhorn Ranch to its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2012 and to its portfolio of National Treasures—signifying the Elkhorn Ranch’s national significance and the National Trust's sustained involvement in its protection. SavingPlaces.org

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. PreservationNation.org

 

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.
PreservationNation.org