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Salted Lands Mean Dead and Dying Lands

Photos 2 through 22 are Bottineau County North Dakota

Kern County, next to Los Angeles.

Five acres poisoned within the yellow zone.

The white crest is a mixture of natural and industrial salt. The pump tax are junk. They should be removed.

If we average the poisoned sites at five acres each, a half a section has been damaged or destroyed.

This junk pile has been tolerated, ignored, and never properly taxed as industrial property.

The operators of this site actually burnt tank bottoms and have left radioactive waste on site.

The water commission and the North Dakota fish and game have ignored the risk of pollution of stink waters and wildlife. So has the EPA and the US Fish and Wildlife service.

These tanks undoubtably contain heavy metals. Neither the feds, nor the state, seem to care.

This site has been partially remediated.

Salt water contains heavy metals which leach that is moved wherever the water flows.

And the leachate is near a federal body of water.

We call this area The Rock Pile. We explain it and the cost of analyzing it in a letter to Representative Delzer.

This photo very likely shows natural salt in the small ponds and the combination of natural and industrial salt around the drill site. There are recent developments in instrumentation which allow identification of the location, depth, concentration and movement of the salt. See again letter to Delzer.

Photos 14 through 16 are a junk yard next to Mohall, North Dakota. It is doubtful that the Health Department, Department of Mental Resources, Water Commission, North Dakota Wildlife or any federal agency has ever inspected this site.

Photos 17 through 21: How do you analyze a poisoned site and bring it to life? The answer is given by soil scientist, Kerry Sublette. See Dr. Sublette's explanation.

The owner of the land is likely dealing with industrial salt from wells at the top of the photo. No resurrection of this land can occur without a well planned reclamation. The stages of reclamation are illustrated by Cody Hatzenbuhler.

Salt destroys the soil's integrity. Here we see the farmer driving over salt-impacted land which needs to be deplowed, receive manuer, and gypsum. The worst sites need a drain field.

Farm land was known plumes of leachate is not eligible for bank loans unless the poisoned area is "lined out". To be "lined out" means excluded from the loan security. Doing so protects the bank from liability.

These sites undoubtably have leached briane into wetlands. These wetland plants do not have appeared to reach their toxic limits.

We regard this as a massively damaged agricultural piece of property. It should be taxed as an industrial property. The cost of reclaiming it will bust the state's budget, unless the state has a plan and reclaims on a massive scale to reduce costs. Some of the land will never produce cash crops again.