The oil and gas boom has hit North Dakota and a state ballot measure is trying to determine what to do with the revenue windfall. Measure 5, otherwise known as the “North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment,” looks to redirect five percent of the state’s oil extraction tax revenue toward conservation activities such as improving water quality, natural flood control, fish and wildlife habitat, and land acquisition for parks and outdoor education. Supporters of the measure estimate that five percent would amount to around $130 million a year for the next 25 years.
“Big things are happening in North Dakota,” Steve Adair, campaign chairman for Measure 5, told ThinkProgress. “This measure will help prevent negative habitat changes, keep valuable grassland from being lost, and support important nesting waterfowl, amongst other things.”