Thanks coach. Those maps tell a tragic story regarding transgressions of social, environmental and political justice...for which we, in our car-crazy society, are all culpable.
Because the vast fracked oil and gas reserves of Montana and the Dakotas will be developed and brought to market somehow. Shipping by rail car is possibly even MORE dangerous than pipelines; witness the Quebec derailment and explosions that killed 50 and spread oil over a huge area in 2013:
The Bakken shales are estimated to contain billions of barrels of oil. As a result, US oil imports have been declining for the past ten years. And North Dakota is now the second largest oil-producing state after Texas.
So the next time you fill up your tank for under $20, thank the folks that are developing this energy resource for your comfortable, low-cost lifestyle! :-)