LETTER: Where is the outrage?

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

Where’s our outrage and presence at legislative and local meetings taking our rights and lowering our standard of living due to fracking and drilling and the process to put it in place? How about the rules overriding local zoning laws in order to mine in residential areas, relaxation of environmental protection rules, outright rejection of federal funds for studies (aren’t more studies over time beneficial to the whole picture?), refusal to acknowledge rules are necessary to cover rare, possibly devastating accidents, stacked committees, forced pooling/sharing the cost of clean-up, etc.

Legislators and commissioners don’t intend to be a stumbling block to gas exploration with too many rules. They are counting on receiving money from energy companies for exploration and production without thought to the long-term cost or harm involved to the residents and the community. Greedy energy companies want the profit from selling the gas to distributors. The state thinks it will pass on increased costs for fire, police, roads and compliance to the taxpayers. Residents will not see a cubic foot of cheaper gas mined here. It will be piped to a processing center to be sold throughout a larger area. Only energy companies and the few under whose land gas may be found will benefit.

Some may experience some level of the following:

• Air, water well, surface water and aquifer contamination.

• Noise, dirt, dust and stench.

• Trucks, pipelines, storage tanks and rigs.

• Increased traffic.

• Reduced standard of living and property values.

• Higher property and business taxes for fire and police protection and road maintenance.

• Influx of foreign laborers.

• Blowouts and spills whether surface or underground (it has happened).

• Health problems, stress, crime

• Purchasing water if drinking wells or aquifer become contaminated.

• Increased cost to keep vehicles and buildings clean.

• Reduced number of buyers for property.

• Loss of rights as property owners and residents.

* Involuntary leasing.

The state will override residential zoning for mining. I don’t want to be near an energy well and don’t want any money, just want to be left alone.

I’m not an expert, but that’s my two cents worth.

Sharon Reinders