LETTER: Some questions to ask about fracking

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

We have been “bombarded" with information and misinformation about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Whether you are for or against fracking, I ask that you consider these very important questions.

How well informed are you about fracking? Did you get your information from more than one source? Can you actually trust your source? Can we frack here without having the problems that are happening in other states? Is the possibility of health and environmental problems and allowing the oil and gas industry to take your property rights from you (compulsory/forced pooling) worth the questionable rewards promised? Do people who are against fracking have valid concerns, or are those against fracking trying to prevent people from making money or having jobs? Why would anyone want that?

Are those for fracking owners of large amounts of land that hope to get rich, or politicians trying to further their careers? Why are people who are owners of companies, part owners of companies, or people who will profit from fracking or in a position to profit from fracking in any way, allowed to hold key positions on the N.C Mining and Energy Commission or the N.C Department Of Energy and Natural Resources, or be allowed to be involved in the decision-making process in any manner?

At this time, over 9,000 acres of land have been leased for fracking in Lee County. Much of that is under predatory leases for which the landowner was paid as little as $1 per acre up front or bonus money!

If you have not leased your land yet, consider this: In areas that have proven gas reserves, like Pennsylvania, landowners are getting from $6,000 to $20,000 bonus per acre. It stands to reason that if you hold off on leasing until the acreage already leased is developed (drilled), and the amount and quality of the gas that we've been promised is here is either proven or disproved, your lease could be worth many thousands of dollars per acre bonus and a higher payment for gas at the well head.

W. Ed Jr. & Doris C. Harris