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Konnie and Sharon Norstog don't think they deserve the new income from the minerals they own, so they're giving much of it away.
The retired Watford City ranchers say the best part about the oil boom is they can give more to their favorite charities.
Almost half of the 260 acres near Isabella, Minn., owned by Ron Brodigan and his son could be subject to drilling based on leases the state awarded last spring to companies that search for valuable minerals. Under Minnesota law, landowners have little say in the process and don’t get a cut of the profits, even if they eventually lose their land.
On March 11, about 10 miles west of Hoyt Lakes, Minn. Mark Severson eyeballed his one-millionth foot of core sample rock, all the while keeping track of the trace elements of minerals he saw and noting where the samples came from. That’s 190 miles of 2-inch-diameter cylinders of rock that would stretch from Duluth to Faribault.
North Dakota’s top rock researcher and the state’s chief fossil finder have spent decades exposed to an asbestos-like mineral found in western North Dakota that is similar to a kind linked to cancer in lab rats and in people in Turkey. State geologist Ed Murphy and state paleontologist John Hoganson want to know whether erionite has caused them health problems, so they volunteered for a government-funded study to find out. Hardly anyone else has joined them.
, April 12, 2009
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