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Section A: General News


Letter: Oil production, jobs, prosperity ... coming with a price




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April 18, 2012 | 2,738 views | 20 comments

Editor:

Everybody wants increased domestic oil production, jobs, and prosperity in South Texas. Development of the Eagle Ford shale can bring us these wonderful things. But I don’t think anyone wants new RV parks or fly-by-night limited-liability operators trucking fracking waste into old disposal wells or pits adjacent to our agricultural or residential property, not to mention dangerous and destructive truck traffic clogging the roads we take to school and work.

How are the property rights of community residents being protected if a new trailer park or disposal pit goes in next door? Aren’t farmers and ranchers dealing with enough challenges without facing this entirely preventable threat of water contamination? Do we have to pay this price? I don’t think we do.

Responsible oil companies can safely dispose of their waste, and facilities can be located in industrial rather than agricultural and residential areas. Workers should be housed near drilling operations. Profits being made are more than sufficient to pay for these sensible policies. Lots of people are profiting from the Eagle Ford shale, but if plans for waste-disposal facilities and new RV parks come to fruition, Wilson County residents will face property devaluation, truck traffic, noise, pollution, and possible groundwater contamination.

I work at Fort Sam Houston, and some of my co-workers have started buying houses in Wilson County because of the rural setting and easy commute. This trend won’t continue if the county chooses to accept unlimited industrial waste-disposal sites, new RV parks, and heavy truck traffic. Is that the future we want for this community, or would we rather preserve our agricultural heritage while encouraging more middle class housing development?

If you care about these choices, get informed, speak out, and hold your local elected leaders accountable. Recently a colleague looking to relocate admired our neighborhood, but I had to warn her Wilson County might not be the quiet, safe, and wholesome environment she and her husband are looking for to raise their three young children.

JOAN REDDING

La Vernia
 

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4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 25, 2012 8:43am
 
"holly"...save your prayers for someone else who needs them. Is that what you usually do...waste God's time with your prayers for folk when they disagreee with you? If I was God, I'd be thinking of a way to shut ... More ›

 
Holly  
Floresville  
April 24, 2012 11:05pm
 
4th Generation, I think you have so much hatred in your heart that I willpray for you in church. I will not stoop to even get into a silly arguement with you,to get down to your level. What I do with my time, where i go, and ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 24, 2012 12:11pm
 
"Holly", thank God that is all you have to *itch about is some poor old truck driver out there trying to make a living for his family and you creeping along in his way. I see drivers like you every day. They think ... More ›

 
Holly  
Floresville  
April 24, 2012 10:19am
 
The truckers think they own the roads and we know for a fact, as we were on 536 yesterday coming back from Poteet, and we were PASSED by one of these truckers, and were doing the speed limit. He looked to be doing at least 80, ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 23, 2012 3:49pm
 
"Back Yard Thinker"...Were you wounded in the head or the groin area during your days of carrying a gun? Being in the service is not a good reason to be ignorant, lameheaded, and nasty!

 
sumbeach  
wilson county  
April 23, 2012 3:46pm
 
Hey Folks, Show up in La Vernia to be heard regarding the drilling/fracing refuse injection. Don't just post your dis-satisfaction online. Go and be heard by our rep. The meeting is Wednesday at 7pm in the La Vernia ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 23, 2012 3:45pm
 
"Back Fence4 Think"...my family has been in Wilson County since 1875 (uh, I don't think we are newcomers), and I understand the nature of people.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
April 23, 2012 1:17pm
 
Joan believes we should have increased oil production and all the benefits. I agree. But any of the ugly production part should not be allowed in the agricultural or residential areas. Well that includes 99.9% of Wilson County. ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
April 23, 2012 12:38pm
 
Ya know sometime the messenger gets blamed for the message. Sometime even the best of folks get off on the wrong track. I also have seen truck drivers who didn't really pay attention to what they were doing. I have also noticed ... More ›

 
Back Fence Thinker  
Out Back  
April 22, 2012 8:05pm
 
4th Generation, hmmmm, maybe if your family had been around here for a while you might think differently. You keep talking about monthly checks etc, I receive monthly checks, of course I carried a rifle for this country, most ... More ›

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