When the Landscape is Quiet Again
We do not want to halt progress; we do not plan to be selfish and say “North Dakota will not share its energy resource.” No, we simply want to insure the most efficient and environmentally sound method of utilizing our precious coal and water resources for the benefit of the broadest number of people possible.
And when we are through with that and the landscape is quiet again, when the draglines, the blasting rigs, the power shovels and the huge gondolas cease to rip and roar, and when the last bulldozer has pushed the last spoil pile into place, and the last patch of barren earth has been seeded to grass or grain, let those who follow and repopulate the land be able to say “Our grandparents did their job well. The land is as good and, in some cases, better than before.”
Only if they can say this will we be worthy of the rich heritage of our land and its resources.
Governor Arthur A. Link — October 11, 1973