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Come to forum: It’ll be a gas

Dear Editor,

You are ALL invited, that’s right, everybody! Everybody who cooks on a gas stove, heats with gas or propane, or uses electricity. That’s pretty much everybody, isn’t it? Energy from natural gas is what I’m talking about, and all of us, whether we like it or not, drive its production.

I live south of Silt, in the epicenter of gas drilling. You are all invited to the public forum on June 18, 7 p.m. at the Silt Community Center. This is not a roast of your local official or skewer the driller meeting. This meeting is to simply shine some light on what’s happening in this quiet (used to be) end of the county.

The drilling companies, the county commissioners, a couple of speakers with energy backgrounds and now ALL you folks have been sent invitations. Here’s some stuff to ponder between now and the 18th:

How much energy do you and your family use?

Where does it come from?

Who is regulating the producers?

Should the regulators be on the payroll of those they regulate?

What are the safeguards in place for land and water and flaring?

When does a leak or a spill have to be reported to our government agencies?

How much of a spill is considered serious? (I think they all are; remember the water thing.)

What are the laws in place to keep the producers in line?

If I lease my mineral rights, what is the dollar amount I could expect as a owner/non-owner of mineral rights?

How can we get a local county official in place to oversee all of this drilling and reclamation?

Yes, folks, hopefully these and many other questions will have some light shined on ’em. I can only hope it’s as bright and as loud as the rig across my pasture.

One of my favorite sayings is, “If you keep my beer cold and my coffee hot you won’t hear a peep out of me.” To that I would like to add, “Keep the gas residue out of my well and floodlights 24/7 out of my bedroom window and you won’t hear a peep outta me.

Oh, did I say, “the rig across my pasture”? Make that five, but who’s counting? Ahh, another good question.

Virgil Ray Howard


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