Photographer to document oil development on Blackfeet Reservation

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There is a growing debate in Montana and it revolves completely around “development.”  With something like 70% of Montanans being “pro-development,” strick, no-development-anywhere conservationists have a lot of minds to change.  But this post isn’t about that.  This post is about a very interesting project a man named Tony Bynum has begun.  From the Great Fralls Tribune:

Tony Bynum of East Glacier has photographed grizzly bears, elk and Glacier National Park.

Oil drilling rigs are the focus of his latest work.

Mr. Bynum plans on spending the next ten years documenting, through photography, the oil development on the Blackfeet Reservation.  Bynum wants “to show the changes development brings to the plains-meets-mountains landscape.”

Bynum’s original project was going to be focused on the development of a wind farm.

You can check out the work he has already done on this project by visiting his website.

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Hello: Could you please provide factual evidence and names of organizations, which are, as you claim, "strick, no-development-anywhere conservationists."

Thank you.

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Also, I'm not even what "pro-development" means when you state "With something like 70% of Montanans being 'pro-development'"…Seems like a pretty generic term, hardly getting to the nitty-gritty and wide variation of just what "pro-development" might mean. However, just for the sake of argument, if a poll would find that the majority of Montanans are against gay marriage or the majority of Montanans are against immigration reform policies such as the Dream Act would you also use that to take a swipe at human rights or immigration reform organizations? It's just very curious to me how conservationists/environmental organizations are a… Read more »

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Where do you see Storin stating any kind of opinion? There are certainly conservationists who would prefer that no new construction proceed, that there be no net increase in energy production, etc. It is not a surprise that those people are not in the majority. But, if you fall somewhere between development over everything and no development ever, then Storin really isn't saying anything to you or about you, except that maybe you'd be interested in this particular photo project. And something tells me that a photo project about drilling for oil in beautiful landscape will be unabashedly pro-development.

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Hello PW: I was simply asking for "M. Storin" "provide factual evidence and names of people and organizations, which are, as he claims, "strick [sic] no-development-anywhere conservationists." I wish M. Storin would be able to back up claims and digs he puts in writing a little better than with complete silence. Anyway, I'm also not sure you, PW, are correct when you state, "something tells me that a photo project about drilling for oil in beautiful landscape will be unabashedly pro-development." If you go to the photographer's (Tony Bynum) actual website for this project ( http://tonybynum.com/projects/blackfeet-oil-drill… you'll see his project… Read more »

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Sorry, once again I forgot to log out of my wordpress account. I made the "Admin" comment above.

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"There is also plenty of indication from Mr. Bynum's write up of his project that this will not be an "unabashedly pro-development" photo project." Yeah that's my mistake – I forgot a crucial negative there. I mean to say that it wouldn't be a pro-development project. Indeed, I think even an expert propagandist on an oil company dime would have trouble creating a photography project featuring machines drilling giant holes into some of the most beautiful country in the world that was pro-development. As to Storin's 'digs', I don't see them. The author seems to be merely pointing out an… Read more »

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PW: Thanks for pointing out the correction…that helps explain a lot. I'm pretty sure I never characterized Storin's words with as strong a word as "attack." Rather, I thought Storin's sentence was a dig, a swipe at some perceived faction of the environmental movement, which perhaps doesn't even exist, except in some people's minds. Again, if Storin is going to claim that there are "strick [sic], no-development-anyone conservationists" in our midst, I'd sure assume he could name some organizations or some individuals. But perhaps not. I also think it's very interesting to consider how some of the left-leaning blogs in… Read more »

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A people who willingly poison their own water supply are TOO frickin' stoopid to live. I am truly amazed that anyone could support fracking as a method of economic development. We used to have a very good Major Facility Siting act, but it was slowly enervated by indusry long ago. Hence, I am proposing a new act, the Major Facility Shitting Act! You see, before we allow anyone to shit in our water supply, it must be approved by either the legislature or by a vote of the people. When did the people of Montana agree to allow their aquifers… Read more »

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