Potential Impacts of Oil and Gas Development on Select ND Natural Resources

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North Dakota Game and Fish Department


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Energy Development

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oil gas energy development conservation


The mission of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is to protect, conserve and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitat for sustained public consumptive and appreciative use. Recognizing unprecedented growth in the state’s energy industry will make our mission increasingly challenging, the ND Game and Fish Director formed an internal energy task force in February 2010. This report expands upon an initial task force document by providing a technical look at species specific impacts and potential mechanisms for mitigation. General recommendations for reducing impacts are provided in Appendix A.