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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Fracking in Michigan

Oil & Gas

By wilstraw - November 21st, 2011

Look, I have been in the oil and gas business all my life and I am 43. This is the only business to be in where I am from, much like cheese or fishing in Wisconsin. I am not some rich guy either; I live payday to payday like most Americans, praying I will have a retirement or my kids a college fund.

Here is what I have learned: Accidents happen i.e. BP's GOM spill and many others. This happens in every business including nukes in NY. People make mistakes and things we don't want to happen do. They tried logging all the trees out of just about every state that has logging before coming to an agreement that pleased almost everyone. We can do the same here. Most any company I have worked for in the 25 years aren't out to destroy the environment and in fact most do whatever necessary to protect it. That is why they have such high standards about spills and such. The have HSE departments to look after those kinds of things to make certain people are following their own restrictions and guidelines. To make sure EVERYONE is safe. They replant grass and trees and donate money for wildlife and schools and all sorts of other things and are mostly good for the economy. There are some bad ones, but for the most part they are conscientious. They want people to be safe.

They have secrets because if they didn't every oil and gas company would steal any chance to learn the same info without having to pay for it though the same trial and error processes. So one company spends 40 million to find gas and how to get then another company steals their info and does the same for 10 million. You guys believe they should give everything up. Well, how about all the cheese producers outline their process and ingredients online so I can produce cheese and compete against them without having to do any of the hard work. How about the fisherman tell me when and where and how to catch fish so I can compete against them. Wouldn't quite be fair would it? That is all the oil companies are asking that their info stays confidential. If they could give it up without their competitors getting it then they would be happy to do so.

The company I work for has clients tell us all the time "this is tight hole" meaning this is confidential and don't share the info. They are not hiding anything from anyone except competitors.

I drilled in Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico and there are a few places I would not care to work again simply because the people aren't very nice. I am sure most of those rude people are Christians as well to make the most sense of things. If it were up to me I would give the states exactly what they ask for. You don't want us drilling there then we would leave the state and cut off all petroleum including propane, natural gas, gasoline and diesel then you guys could see how long you can live without it in today's time. I bet it wouldn't take long before you would want us drilling there again. Cutting 12-14 cords of wood a year for everyone to heat with and riding a horse or bootlegging gas in at $25 a gallon and there would be a public outcry to start drilling everywhere.

Most all of the things they are doing there they have done elsewhere already either off shore or in another state. They did wildlife studies in Wyoming to see if drilling on the Pinedale Anti-cline in the winter hurt animal migration. After 10 yrs they found it was ok. On federal land in Texas as well as everywhere else I have worked the operating companies put down plastic either in 2 layers or one covered with dirt so even if there is a spill it never goes anywhere. You guys need to do more research on what goes on instead of just hollering "Stop Drilling" and "Stop Fracking".

Not to mention the people put out of work if we were to stop. Let' stop making cheese and just import our cheese in this country and let's stop eating meat so we can let all the cows turn free because it just isn't humane to pen them up and steal their milk or kill them. If there were a group to start that campaign you guys would be in line to choke them for messing with your livelihood. Now you are messing with mine, but you can bet you won't go without my product. Everyone wants to complain about someone else's industry until someone is complaining about theirs. Just my 2 cents.

                                                                                   

BTW I said cheese as an example and I am not quite sure what the GDP for Michigan.

 
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