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Page 4 -- The Glenville Democrat Thursday, September 10, 2009 Gilmer County's producers facing a future with ~. Continued from page 1 one giant pinch, as the amount col- came from oil severance ahme). This is dollar amount which he/she earns from letted in oil and gas severance tax, astillarelativelyhighamount, because the transaction. Of this amount collected which was just under $84 million last the amount distributed is based upon by the state, 10 percent, $8.4 million last year, is expected to plunge 35-70% yearsofmorelucrativeproduction. Yet year, is distributed to all counties and over the next year.., depending upon to even this year, Gilmer County's distri- municipalities.., withthe majority(75%) whom you are speaking, bution is slipping due to the poor per- being returned to those areas where it Though, many folks say it comes in formanceofits shallow depleted wells. was taken in proportion to its produc- cycles, industry lobbyists admit that a What's more, according tolocal sources, teen. turn-around is nowhere on the horizon, there are few new places in this county The Current Situation One such source stated that the future to drill, and if drilling does resume it As it stands now, our state's resources looks "bleak," saying that the wide- will need to be the much more expen- are being sold for well below average spread availability of information has sive deep and horizontal "marcellus" rates, as suppliers are currently being completely changed the dynamics of drilling necessary to tap abundant re- compensated $2-3 per mcf. this business, and that factors not easily sources. "When the price of gas falls from $13 controlled will have to take an unpre- According to industry expert, R. to $3, the distribution to cities and coun- dictable turn for the better. Dennis Xander, of Buckhannon's ties also falls 70%," explains Indepen- Gilmer: Already Hurting XanderPetroleum, many of these herE- dent Gas and Oil Association Director All things considered, Gilmer has a zontal wells are a gamble and will Charlie Burd. "This is a huge hit over meager budget. Roughly $2 million never return their original investment. time," he says, further opining that this is dollars is allocated to run this county in Several different industry experts in the nature of the industry, and that if our this fiscal year, and if one considers Gilmer admit that when faced with the state government were to provide the thisagenerousdistribution, theyshould choice to drill a marcellus well, or same tax incentives extended to other examinethecostsincurred.Payrolland move to new more promising ground, industries in proportion to their invest- retiree health benefits alone total over the choice to move on seems wise. ment in the state, perhaps things would $1 million. Add to that, insurance ben- Having seen the writing on the wall be a bit better, efits of another $240,000, and things long ago, WACO Oil and Gas stopped Meanwhile, distressed residentsi us begin to come into perspective,drilling in Gilmer County during the consumers-- are still paying $13-14 per Of that $2 million dollars, a pivotal 1990s. mcf to their utility companies. $160,000 came from oil and gas sever- Now what? Right now, the state is anticipating ance in 2009 (though less than $20,000 Indeed, the economy is bad for virtu- f ,.~rea ~Lonor ~oll of cT~as[ness ~ ~rofessio,ml ,~chievers The following individuals or businesses want you readers to have a ready reference to them, via their Business Cards. As a result, our "Gilmer Go-Getters" Honor Roll of area shops and offices was created to fill that need When you have time, or if you need one of their products and/or services, just stop by and say, "Hello! 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J Oil & Gas Industry's demand dwindling cont'd ... ally everyone is the nation, andccrtainly entireindustrytricklesaway, takingwith more prudent ground elsewhere, will our state is feeling the financial pros- it businesses, jobs and tax dollars, folks act in kind -- embracing new sure, as Governor Joe Manchin's office The question is: what will Gilmer ideas and adapting to reality, or will finds itself$18 million shy of projection County people do in response? As the they cling to what was until it can't be this past alone. Yet, this county's finan- very industry which this county has any longerandaltemativesbecome lim- cial situation is even more dire, as an long defined itself by, is forced to seek ited and forced? County Commissioners approve 'wierd' request contId ... Continued from page 1 As of a special session of the County ration which they signed, proclaiming this Commission on Tues., Sept. 8, the BOH monthofficiallytoberecognizedas"Breast reported having met with their Charles- Cancer Awareness Month in Gilmerton-based counterparts. During this spe- County." cial session, the commission entered into Health Department executive session at the request of BOH GeneJohnson, ChairoftheGilmer Board representatives to discuss personnel mat- of Health, and Connie Hacker, office man- ters. Upon reconvening, there was talk of as has been expressed by the WV U Exten- ! sion Office's First Impressions and Cre- i ative Design Teams, when they made lists t of Glenville's assets and liabilities. He I also points out that the community has been cautioned by Congressman Mollohan's office to preserve such trea- i~ sures, which can be catalyst for economic i ager for the Health Dept., presented their a possible state board take-over, which development in the future, i case, once again, for relief, the Gilmer County BOH is taking steps to Street Gang Entertaining Children 1 BothCommissionPresidentLarryChap- avoid by limiting labor costs through a this Halloween man and Commissioner Brian Kennedy informed the two that they had been work- ing to remedy the situation. They have spoken to Glenville State College Presi- dent Peter Barr about allowing the Health Dept. to provide services to college stu- dents, whereas, at this time, the students are being cared for by an on-campus nurse. The commissioners say Dr. Barr does not want a situation where one service pro- vider is adversely affecting another (dupli- cation of services). They say he will allow the Health Dept. to provide whatever ser- vices they can. The Health Dept. representatives pointed out that they were not simply compensated per person, only certain programs, Family Planning and Cancer Control were reim- bursed by the state. They maintain that an additional work load, without reimburse- ment, could be detrimental, considering four-day work week, increasing income through collaboration with the college, and charging a small fee for any environ- mental testing or required inspections. The Gilmer County Board of Health will meet on at 4 p.m., next Tues., Sept. 15. Landmarks Commission "l'd be interested to know what the public thinks of this," stated Commis- sioner Kennedy, in response to a request for matching funds from Landmarks Com- mission President Jim Bailey. Mr. Bailey has secured a Transporta- tion Enhancement Program Grant in the amount of $24,011 for rehabilitative work on the old Glenville bridge, which spans the Little Kanawha River from Court Street to River Street. The grant requires a $6,000 match, which Bailey requested of the com- mission. Dave Millard and Lynn Yurkiewicz represented the "Downtown Revitaliza- tion Street Gang," in requesting funds. from the commission to assist with a Hal- loween Dance and Haunted House in the old Moose Lodge building across from Go-Mart on East Main Street. Mrs. Yurkiewicz says the haunted house will not be for the faint of heart. The Street Gang intends for it to be elaborate and gory and, based upon the "National Nite Out" attendance, a huge success. The commissioners decided during their special session on Tues., Sept. 8, that supporting such recreational events for Gilmer County's children was money well spent. They granted the requested $500, unanimously. Delegate Walker State Delegate David Walker, of Clay County, spent the entire day with Gilmer's their cut-backs in the work force.The commissioners asked to hear from commissioners--sharing various insights In addition, the board reported that their the public, prior to action being taken, with them and the other courthouse staff. 1 insurance would be terminated soon, un- Kennedy said that if the people want this He is a heavy equipment operator and less funds were secured to pay it. The project to move forward, then he has no minister. His calling is to help the work- commission requested they secure a quote issue with the request, ing man, as he, himself, has been one all from Virginia-based VACO, a "risk pool" Bailey points out that the community's his life. Delegate Walker serves on the company, prior to making fund requests, historic landmarks are part of its strength, following committees: Roads and Trans- portation; Energy, Industry and Labor; Gilmer County High School is making Economic Development and Small Busi- ness; and Education. He will be writing a progress under Principal Butcher cont'd.., weekly communication in this paper, and may be reached at Continued from page 1 state-of-the-art status, dwalker@mail.wvnet.edu From the creative projects which Cunningham's watchful eye, are be- are going on at the high school this ginningtohookintotheJasonProject year, the Principal believes that the Continued from page 1 -- a new high profile educational and affected teachers will be good candi- internet-active national program, dates to present their success stories Moreover, another science class is at statewide and national Education doing some special studies with a Association-type conferences. NASA project. So, with all of these positive initia- In the past, Mrs. Butcher has writ- tives happening in this 2009-2010 ten several large grants and secured school year, the furthest thing in Prin- them in order to bring the school's cipal Nasia Butcher's mind is resign- classrooms and curriculum up to a ing. Wed.. Sept. 9: Entry of Sheep, Swine, Dairy Cattle and Market Steers--3:30-4:30 p.m.; Livestock Show--5:30 (Order of Events: I. Dairy Cattle, 2. Sheep, 3. Market Steers, and 4. Swine; Entry of Exhibits in Dining Hall~:00-8:00. Thurs., Sept. 10: Entry of Exhibits in Dining Hall--8:00 a.m.-12:00; Judging of Exhibits in Dining Hall--l:00-4:00 p.m. (Closed Session); Farm Show Dinner~:30 (This is always a delicious meal; come early or the Farm Bureau's food will be sold out.); 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale--7:00 p.m. Fri., Sept. 11: Entry of Beef Cattle Ex- hibits-6:00-8:00 p.m.; Farm Show Games--6:00 p.m. Sat.. Sept. 12: Beef Cattle Show--8:30 a.m. (Order of Events: 1. Cow/Calf, 2. Show- manship, 3. Beef Heifer, and4. Feeder Calf); Covered Dish Lunch--Around Noon (It's fresh farm food, folks'; good eating.)~ Re- move Exhibits--l:00-2:00 p.m.; Exhibit Auction--2:00 p.m. Among the Farm Show's sponsors are the Gilmer County Farm Bureau, WVU- Gilmer Extension Service, 4-H Leaders and Clubs, FFA, and other area agricul- tural-related organizations and businesses. Blood Drive next Wed. To donate a pint of blood in order to help correct the region's blood plasma shortage, don't forget that the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in town next Wednes- day, according to Janis Derby, the local Red Cross' spokesperson. To donate, come anytime between noon and 6 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 16 to the Trinity United Methodist Church's Fel- lowship Hall in downtown Glenville, where the bE-monthly Blood Drive will be taking place. 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