David Morris: Park should be valued

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To the editor:

Loudy-Simpson Park is one of the places that really makes Craig a great place to live.

Not every town can boast of a beautiful park alongside a scenic river where people can walk their dogs, view wildlife, engage in sports activities or just get a little whiff of nature, all within walking distance of town.

Now it seems our county commissioners are willing to throw that away for a chance to reap a few dollars off of drilling leases, without even bothering with stipulations on where the drilling might take place within the park.

I rue the day - and it could be soon - when I hear myself saying, "Yeah, there used to be a beautiful park there."

Drill, baby, drill.

David Morris

Comments

taxslave 5 years, 2 months ago

Recall them and demand an election for the "appointed" danner.

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missrose 5 years, 2 months ago

How can they drill Loudy. apart?! Its not their land. Its the people's of Moffat county! Let us decide not some corrupt commissioners bent on making a quick buck. That is a place where families come together and people walk and fish and play games. This is the problem with today's society, people are greedy and don't care about something that is precious to other people. The day I see a drilling rig is the day I say we have lost all ethical character. Stand up for what is right and dont let this happen!

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cag81625 5 years, 2 months ago

I hope they plunk that rig right in the middle of the softball fields. I never liked that game anyway.

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als362 5 years, 2 months ago

I suppose that the commissioners could tell the drillers not to drill here, and that the county doesn't need the fees or leases paid for drilling. But then the drillers would have just found another location close by, and used directional drilling practices and would have drilled under the park from another location. At least we will get the fees and a lease payment.

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onewhocares 5 years, 2 months ago

A recent decision by the MC Commissioners, to sell mineral rights under Loudi Simpson Park, opening the doorway for drilling, really shows the total disconnect and disregard for its' citizens. Four of the five commissioners own ranches of their own and have their own private open space. The majority of us do not, and find our ONLY place of peace and recreation inside Loudi Simpson, for biking, walking, soccer, softball, fishing, cross country skiing and just de-stressing, sitting on the benches overlooking the river with glorious views to let our minds wander and stress disappear.

That is now being compromised with the possibility of drilling within Loudi Simpson. We have a county the size of Delaware, with thousands of acres of BLM land to drill on, but we now have to drill on the only little 300 acre park we have. Not only will the view be polluted by the site of an oil rig, but those of us who run and walk and bike will have to endure inhaling the toxic fumes of oil that will permeate in the vicinity, all ready adding to our toxic environment we have within Moffat County due to mining, the coal plant, the uranium pile outside of lay, the melathion sprayed on us every day during the summer, with people asking "why do so many of us get cancer here?' It's not hard to figure it out.

Why aren't we looking at the overall health physically and financially of Moffat County, instead of the short term, most likely benefiting only a few.

Moffat County residents need to stand up and say no way, leave our park alone. Go drill on the open lands or drill on your own ranches, but leave our only place of peace and solace alone.

Kerrie Clarke

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cag81625 5 years, 2 months ago

Also, one might notice that the golf course was not included in that lease. In which place would you suppose the "powers that be" would be more likely to spend their spare time. Actually, i like golf, so thanks!

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missrose 5 years, 2 months ago

als362- The claim that they would drill into the park from another location is ludicrous. The areas surrounding the park are either private of state land. And just out of curiosity what would the money from all this oil nonsense be benefiting? Surely not the citizens. As history has shown my friend, our public officials have come to care much less about the need/will of their constituents but more for the monetary aspect of their jobs. If the commissioners cared about our opinions they would've asked.

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als362 5 years, 2 months ago

So why couldn't someone that owned the private land allow a driller onto thier propery to drill, for that matter why couldn't the state allow that? If the county doesn't have to ask for that permission, what makes anyone think that the state would have to?

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taxslave 5 years, 2 months ago

They need the water from the river. These guys need to be recalled ASAP....call them at their work all day long and ask them to resign or work for no pay. They get paid too much....that's why they take the job...not that they care but for the paycheck.

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missrose 5 years, 2 months ago

Because what your saying is illegal. They cannot put a rig on somebody else's land and secretly drill into the park. It can't be done!

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melonie barrett 5 years, 2 months ago

them new soccer fields looks like a perfect place to pute a drilling rig,,big nice flat area perfect for drilling,,,,,,,,,,yaahoo

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Vermillion 5 years, 2 months ago

The time to negotiate a surface use agreement is contemporaneous with executing an oil and gas lease. It appears that the negotiated lease calls for Samson to make reasonable efforts to negotiate with the surface owner. The surface owner is Moffat County. While Samson may have good intentions concerning the facilities at Loudy-Simpson, they can assign this lease to another company who could care less. Quite often what is "reasonable" is litigated in Court. Should taxpayer's money be wasted in future litigation when the problem could have been avoided in the initial negotiations? In order for Samson to drill, they don't have to obtain the lease of any other mineral owners. It appears that the Commissioners want to align themselves in the "drill, baby, drill" part of the Republican Party and then throw the problem to the Museum to protect the facilities of Loudy-Simpson. The Commissioners have done a poor job of protecting a Moffat County asset. Who are the Commissioners and the Moffat County Natural Resource Department serving in this matter? The people of Moffat County or the oil and gas companies. It is disappointing that the Editorial Board did not do a better job of researching this issue. I think the Editorial Board has "struck out" while setting in the dugout cheering on the Commissioners.

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