Oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation (link to photographs) and now the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana and Alberta Canada is expanding. The map below shows, oil drilling and fracking activity is spread relatively evenly across the Blackfeet Reservation (Blackfeet Reservation boundary in red). The yellow icons are linked to photographs which also contain descriptions. The blue icons link to videos.
Where there is oil drilling or fracking activity in the photograph, I tried to capture the relationship between Glacier National Park and the drilling. In other cases, the images are of wide open, undeveloped prairie or mountain prairie interface all leased for drilling. To see a more detailed description of this project, please visit, “Oil Drilling – the Rocky Mountain Front and Blackfeet Indian Reservation.”
These images of oil rigs drilling on the Blackfeet Reservation were gathered starting in 2010. I will continue to add new photos and expand this project to include images of the social and cultural impacts of such rapid change. Back to the map, there are some windmill icons on the far eastern edge of the map, and just east of the Reservation boundary that represent wind power development. The areas is called Ethridge, MT. The area where no wind turbines are shown it the Kevin Rim, it is scheduled for a wind farm. The area has the highest density of nesting cliff raptors in Montana.
Please consider signing up for my updates (right column) and donating to this cause. This is a self funded, interdependent project, I have no sponsors. Since the project went live, I have recieved some gennerous contrabutions from people all over the world. Today, private contributions amount to about $2,000. This project would not have made it to the world wide web, without the tireless dedication and hard work of Stacy Dolderer, the brains behind the platform and the web guru. Please help us keep this project alive by donating at the link below the map; any amount will help. Thank you very much!
A Blackfeet Oil Drilling Press Kit containing project information and photographs to accompany your story is available.
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