Bradford County Commissioner McLinko Responds to Criticism.
You can read his response here: Maximize all opportunities
Since the Daily Review refuses to print my comments, I’ll post my response to McLinko’s response below:
Citizens sign leases without being fully informed about the impact of natural gas production on their land and communities. How many knew about the pits, the trucks, the eminent domain for pipelines and the compressor stations just a name a few impacts other then the pristine pictures of one rig sitting in a green pasture that is the typical sales pitch used by industry?
McLinko could have informed citizens about these additional impacts. He did come to Wise County so he has seen for himself that the following is a false statement:
“While a small fraction of land in the drill unit will be utilized during the drilling process, the vast majority of land in the parcel is left untouched and agriculture production is not affected.”
Pictures are worth more than words here. If you want to see what McLinko saw, do a Google search using these terms: “Barnett Shale: An Aerial View.” About 2:04 minutes into that video you will see the Newark East Field in Wise County. This is what a mature natural gas field looks like. The picture (see below) at 2:08 minutes in shows over 70 red markers indicating well sites. This picture was taken over a portion of my friend’s ranch. They do not own the mineral rights but they have about 80 gas wells on their property. Unless a mineral owner knows to restrict the number of wells when they lease, the operator can drill as many wells as allowed by state regulations. In Texas, they can drill one well every 20 acres.