DO YOU AGREE THAT SAFETY IN OUR COMMUNITY COMES FIRST?

Joe morton
Joe morton 18 Comments
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With gas and oil development looming on the horizon in Gem County, Idaho, the County Commissioners are tasked with putting in place an Oil & Gas Operations ordinance that is protective of both citizens and the County. Whether you want this industry in Gem County or not, our health, safety, and property values need to be guarded when one slip can seriously injure our personal, natural, and civic resources materially and financially.

A number of commendable people have worked hard to make the draft ordinance better than it was. However, the draft in the Commissioners’ hands is still incomplete, much of the current language is vague and sketchy, and neither the County nor our emergency responders and citizens are adequately protected if things go wrong. We need to have an ordinance in place that safeguards citizens and County (i.e., taxpayers’) interests while allowing businesspeople to operate in a safe manner, without creating undue nuisances to residents in their homes.

Citizens have incorporated into this document clearer and precise attorney-approved language from ordinances of mature gas and oil states, asking the Commissioners to use this as the basis for their deliberations. (See the original combined with the proposed new version here.)

Do you agree that it would be a better idea to use the knowledge of experts with experience in living amidst oil and gas operations, rather than accepting an inadequate ordinance or spending many more months working on revising the current draft in a committee setting?

SUPPORT BETTER LANGUAGE IN GEM COUNTYS’ OIL & GAS ORDINANCE BY SIGNING…

YOUR VOICE COUNTS…

  • Brandon LaRosa
    Brandon LaRosa United States, Boise
    Jul 21, 2017
    Jul 21, 2017
    it is completely unnecessary to drill for any fuel in this area
  • Casey Cogan
    Casey Cogan United States, Boise
    Jun 27, 2016
    Jun 27, 2016
    It would be best to not have the oil and gas companies here at all but if there is no way to stop it then we had better be very thorough and very specific regarding the protections for citizens and regulations for safety. When and if they do come we should also be allowed full access and full disclosure to everything they are doing. People should be using video filming, notarized contracts, public Q and A, and any and all other tools we have at our disposal to keep them honest and keep us as safe as possible. But I really hope there is some way to stop the whole thing all together.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 26, 2016
    Jun 26, 2016
    My family moved to Gem County for a better way of life. We wanted to live, raise cattle and crops, and enjoy life in a healthy environment. It is difficult to believe that we have to ask for these protections from our county commissioners, who also live in this beautiful place, even thought they know what the risks of drilling are. Is the financial gain worth all that we risk loosing? I think not. Protections need to be in place for our air, water, land, and safety of our citizens. Our environment and our lives are valuable and should be treated as such. I would greatly appreciate our elected officials looking at doing all that they can to protect the citizens of Gem and their land. Thank you.
  • Mildred F Fitzgerald
    Mildred F Fitzgerald United States, Meridian
    Jun 24, 2016
    Jun 24, 2016
    Our community will for ever change and our health will be effected!! The smell is very bad as I lived in a small town that this happened to in Calif. our water smelled the same way and we could not drink it!!!
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