ND rancher claiming oil development is killing her cattle

Keller said she offered to assist Schilke last year with testing but didn’t receive a response.

“If we’ve got something like that going on … for the sake of the neighbors, I’d really like to know if there are some legitimate contamination issues,” said Keller, adding that the offer still stands.

Schilke said she doesn’t recall hearing from Keller or anyone from the state veterinarian’s office.

But she added that she would not consider working with the state veterinarian’s office or a similar office from an oil-producing state because she doesn’t believe she’d get objective information.

Instead, Schilke said she has worked with an independent environmental consultant from Texas and veterinarians at Cornell University and Iowa State University. Autopsies of two cats that became ill and died ruled they died of asphyxiation, Schilke said.

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