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Letter to the editor: Most DL residents don’t want hog farm

A factory hog operation has been proposed near Devils Lake, N.D. Thousands of hogs and millions of gallons of sewage would be produced yearly.

This project will have devastating consequences for Devils Lake. The barn and manure application sites are surrounded by Devils Lake. There are wetlands throughout the area. Many manure sites border Devils Lake, slope right into the water and have previously been flooded.

We stand to lose so much – loss of quality of life, health and tourism dollars.

Gov. Doug Burgum went on record in support of this project stating, “Other states have this figured out. Iowa probably has 500 facilities like that.”

Iowa does not have it figured out! According to the Environment Iowa website, there are 470 rivers in Iowa that are too polluted for swimming, and recent record levels of nitrate pollution threatened clean drinking water for 500,000 people. Much of the nitrate pollution comes from confined animal feeding operations. Governor, you were in the Devils Lake area recently. Why didn’t you tour the area so you could see for yourself that the location for this proposed factory farm is all wrong?

The North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture came to Devils Lake to hold a public meeting and present on the merits of this factory hog operation. The Department of Health works for the people. Why would it show such partiality by supporting this private entity that most Devils Lake residents do not want?

Here is a question for those in Bismarck pushing for this factory hog operation: Why don’t we set one of these outfits up right next to Bismarck and the Missouri River? Who would be squealing then?

To join Lake Region Concerned Citizens, the group that opposes the proposed factory hog operation near Devils Lake, look us up on Facebook.