Kerrie Clarke: Please be aware


To the editor:

This is to the people who live in Moffat County.

Please be aware that a company has sent us a letter asking our permission to do a 3-D seismic survey on our property to locate gas and/or oil. We live on Thompson Hill, only a stone’s throw away from the Yampa River.

I spoke with a representative from this company regarding this matter and he stated that if the company locates any resources, one of four companies that own the mineral rights underneath our home can then come in and drill despite the protests of us, the homeowners and despite of what the drilling and fracturing of rock with the use of horribly toxic chemicals will do to our underground water supply.

To add insult to injury, since most of us do not own the mineral rights, there will be no financial compensation for the abuse of our land and neighborhoods. I made it very clear what I would do to anybody from their company that took one step onto our property, without one ounce of fear since we have nothing to lose.

Despite any financial compensation, if they pollute our water and lands, we will have nothing left like so many towns across America are now experiencing from this very practice.

They are now ghost towns. Please be aware of the consequences from these companies.

Kerrie Clarke


Frank Estey 6 years, 4 months ago

Kerrie Clarke,

They will be taking the oil or gas from under your house and you will never be aware of how much or when that took place. The well pad will be located far away from your home…several wells will be drilled from this same pad, under your house. There is a producing well located on State property near your house today. Funds from this well are contributing to the tax base in your community.

Has the water been compromised ? Has the landscape been damaged ?

Get a grip!!!!


JimBlevins 6 years, 4 months ago

Thank You for sharing this information. I don't think that this is something to be dismissed out of hand. Ground water pollution can take years to develop and even longer to correct. I just saw a news article where the pollution that was the subject of the Erin Brockovich movie is still a very serious problem. The responsible party plans to buy up a bunch more houses but has no plan to correct the problem.

We can hope that there is no problem, but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that gives cause for concern. It is all too easy for people who profit from environmentally risky enterprise to dismiss such concerns out of hand.

Hopefully, this will not be a problem, but please keep us informed.


McGruber 6 years, 4 months ago

Kerrie, The company that is conducting the seismic testing is very disorganized and has never worked in this area before. They are a subcontractor for an energy company based in Houston that has purchased all the mineral rights in and around Craig.

The subcontractor did not conduct any background research before sending out the mass mailer requesting access to property in and around Craig. I have seen some of their plans and there is nothing in place for avoiding structures and wells. It is just lines on a map across the entire Yampa Valley around and in Craig. It looks like they plan to drive thumper trucks right down the streets of Craig. This would seriously compromise sewer and water lines. This is obviously not going to happen but it shows how incompetent this company’s current plan is.

The mailers are a common tactic used by these types of companies to get surface use agreements in place. The state of Colorado requires an undertaking such as this to have surface use agreements in place before a permit can be issued. That being said, they don’t need total agreement just a certain level of agreement from a portion of the total landowners effected. This demonstrates to the state that they have conducted a reasonable effort to get access. These mailers were accompanied by a small insulting bribe of like $50 or something. Unfortunately, a lot of people will send these agreements in.

So, where do we go from here? I suggest working within the system is probably the most productive path. Negotiate a strong surface use agreement that includes generous buffers to your structures, wells, and septic systems. If you have a well make sure it is tested before, during, and after the seismic study. If enough people craft these kinds of agreements it will be hard for the company to really do any testing in the more residential areas (like Thompson Hill).

Everyone that has concerns should attend the next county land board meeting. This company should have placed announcements in the paper and held some public meetings about what they are planning to do. At the moment they are just testing the waters. If they can get enough people to sign these agreements then they will be able to do whatever they want regardless if you signed an agreement or not.

I more concerned about the results of this study. Extracting natural gas through fracking is dangerous to water wells. Wastewater left on the surface is toxic and an eyesore. There is nothing these companies have to do about the value of your home decreasing due to an ugly well. Lets fight this thing in the beginning. If you don’t believe this is a threat then please do a little research about what has happened to the residents of Silt Colorado.


McGruber 6 years, 3 months ago

There is a meeting this Saturday at 1 pm at the Holiday Inn. Anyone concerned about this study or minerals development on your property should attend.


Frank Estey 6 years, 3 months ago

What's in those fracking chemicals?

Wonder of wonders, the big oilfield services companies that are involved in formulating the fracking chemicals appear to be reconstituting their mixtures such that they will be environmentally harmless. For instance, Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), which leads the pack in U.S. shale drilling, has developed a fluid called CleanStim, which is comprised of ingredients used in processed foods.

At the same time, Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) is producing BJ SmartCare, which the company says employs ingredients that also find their way into condiments and toothpaste. And smaller Houston-based Flotek (NYSE: FTK) appears to have completed trials of biodegradable chemicals that employ citrus products.


taxslave 6 years, 3 months ago

Hydraulic Fracturing for Dummies

Everything is a business model. You people are disposable.

Demand your commissioners Step Down. It's all about money to support "T H E M" and their wages and their 100 % medical insurance.

Stop the insanity.


Frank Estey 6 years, 3 months ago


This youtube video is pure and simple, “Junk Science “, created by the same people bringing you big foot and other pseudo science junk.


taxslave 6 years, 3 months ago

Who says it's junk science, you? Move along. Add these chemtrails and we've got death. The stories of contaminated wells are documented. You prove these facts incorrect. You just talking means nothing. You belong on fox news. I can't wait to hear your explanation of this video. Oh, my eyes are broke.


Frank Estey 6 years, 3 months ago

No, taxSlave, I drive a pick em-up truck, smoke cigars, drink a little wine and look at pretty ladies. On my day off I go out and shoot things. What does Fox News have to do with anything related.


taxslave 6 years, 3 months ago

More on hydraulic fracturing and how it destroys the drinking supply.

Oh yeah, two major water supplies in Houston were shut down friday....full of radiation. Talk about a way to depopulate an area.....which is what they're doing in the gulf of mexico. They are actually building an embassy in louisianna bigger than the one in iraq....and that's big. Chinese and mexican troops will make their move against the people down there soon. It's owned by big banks and the vatican, not america and her people.


Frank Estey 6 years, 3 months ago

What about the Baptists ? They seem to be multiplying prolifically. Many oil & Gas people are Baptist…do you think this may be significant? They seem to be instrumental in the business of fracking.


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