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Welcome to the-- Gilmer County High School • I 2013 Homecoming. For more information about the parade, game, local sponsors and some game analysis, see pages 2-5B in this section. Extra 'Letter to Editor'-- West Virginia senior worried about upcoming Oil & Gas, Boom; sees it as being destructive to people's 'values' Dear Editor, Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drill- ing will Destroy the Values of our way of life in West Virginia for the Next 40-70 years! I have dealt with gas companies for a lifetime, and have studied the present situation with Marcellus drilling. This is my analysis of the situation I am in: First, I have to face the fact the productive capacity of my surface estate will be diminished by the driller's ability to commandeer a pad to drill on, an access right of way, and "an egress right of way for the gas. All of this will diminish the productive value of my property for a long time in the future. Although the individual wells will not be productive beyond seven to ten years, six or eight may be drilled from the same pad, and the use of the pad may continue for decades, as will the rights of way. For pasture, grass will be present for erosion control, hopefully, but it will be fenced off when drilling is being done. Since the usual practice is to drill one or two wells at a time, there is likely to be three or more periods when the pad area and access road is completely fenced off, during the productive era of the pad. During these periods dust will blow from the operation onto adjacent pasture or meadow, reducing the value of the grass growing there. The rain that falls on these areas will become a drainage problem, especially in win- ter, if drilling is done then. Forest removed for pipelines will be out of production for the length of 'time the pipes are used, perhaps 40 years, plus 70 years for a crop to mature after the end of operations, Whether wells will,be plugged and pipelines are removed after produc- tion remains to be seen. With the gas and oil gone.in 40 years, will there be energy and capital available to take the iron out of the ground? If history is any guide, those who manage and benefit from production of gas will be reluctant to remove their facilities. There are thousands of unplugged older wells and the coal industry did not remediate damage from mines• This will surely reduce the value of the surface owner's estate, and even- tually reduce the property tax he or she must pay. With hundreds of wells, it will reduce the tax base of the county. But that is not the end of it. Some will have loss of ground wa- ter, a catastrophe. Not everyone, but somepercent. Everywhere fracturing has been used some people have lost their ground water. The industry has struggled against recognizing this with all its force. They have gone into contortions to prove track water never comes to the surface from the hori- zontal portion of the well, using iso- tope measurements and expert opin- ion. The truth .is likely nearer the surface- improper sealing of the strata they drill through. If contamination of pristine water occurs within a few weeks or a very few months after drilling it is prima facie proof the drilli.ng caused it. If slightly deeper water is allowed to come up less than or a few hundred of feet to contami- nate the aquifer, it is just as much the fault of the drilling as if it came up several thousand. Hopefully, buried waste, flowback water, exposed subsoil, erosion caused by drainage, buried steel anchors and cable and such like will be avoided by appropriate legislation. And, danger- ous water will be kept from domestic animals. Nor is this the end of it. Once the public is onto the problem, it is going to be difficult to sell a farm or tract. Who will want to buy land Subject to such problems? Where is there a banker who will loan money to a prospective buyer who wants to buy such problem- ridden land? What is the morality of a real estate dealer who would disguise or neglect this additional, unseen burden from a pro- spective buyer? What insurer will want to take such a tract, except at bargain basement value, as security on a loan? Who will want to buy such land and invest a life in making it productive? This is the usual expectation of a young man who buys land. He ex- pects to put in endless hours building fences, spraying weeds and clipping pasture• He expects to erect build- ings, to invest in livestock and ma- chinery. Who will want to do that if they have to constantly be dealing with ongoing operations every few years? How much will the value of property be reduced? There is no way to even guess. And, what about the people who have secondary interest in my farm? Hunting will be affected• Lots of land- • owners have paid hunting, and some, fishing. Hopefully, utilities 'over the land will be minimally affected. Per- haps some will have to move over- head lines or protect some under- ground pipes• One of the values of rural living is the enjoyment of peace and quiet, the scenery, the decreased likelihood of crime. That will be interrupted. It may come as a surprise to people who mostly have their attention lim- ited by four walls that rural people enjoy their surroundings in lieu of entertainment others pay for. The bottom line is: my neighbors and our heirs lose part of our capital and some of the anticipated income from our properties• We will find it necessary to deal in a very unequal way with companies taking rights from contracts made many. decades ago by people who never dreamed of modern drilling with its hundreds of truck loads of water, chemicals, sand, crushed rock, and pipe, or dreamed of the back hoes, bulldozers, and vast drilling rigs weighing several hun- dred tons, and the endless too and fro of personal pickups that accompanies gas extraction on steroids. And, we loose quiet enjoyment of our chosen life. Virtually without compensation for any of it. Others win, we loose• Signed, Tom Bond, A 79 year old WV Farmer and former Educator. COMING SOON TO GILMER COUNTY Would you go from here to there? Or go to almost anywhere. West Virginia knows what it means Ride in comfort and be Green! No gas to pump No travel Stress Enjoy the ride That cost you less You're good to go Just ride with us It's round the corner Now "Hop a Bus!" START DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED For more information call 1.866-354-5522 "'c';'°c""--T"e'°c"''""w'ean"O"er'ew" i The Glenville Democrat www. Glen villeNews, com (under reconstruction) 'Take Me Out To The Ball ' GSC Football, That Is! AT THE PIONEER'S HOME OPENER LAST THURSDAY The 2013 Season's Home Opener at GSC's Ike& Sue Morris Stadium was a little more special than most on Thurs., Sept. 19. Due to the Morris family's generosity, the football field's turf was replaced, new and modern scoreboards were installed and the locker room area has been greatly upgraded. Coming out to the home opener to see these improvements and to cheer on the Pioneers in their match- up with archrival Fairmont State University were, among other dignitaries: GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey (I-r), Pioneer fan Betty Smith, and Mrs. Sue Morris, who was driven by a GSC Student. Mrs. Morris has been making a splendid recovery from knee replacement surgery, and was able to participate in the opening game's preliminary ceremonies and the blessing of the field. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, St.) TWO GENTLEMEN AROUND TOWN -- Here, Bob Reed (I-r), a Iongtime Glenville general contractor who is recovering very rapidly from aneuryism surgery, is being chauffered into the newly-renovated stadium. Glenville's Dick Barrett is the chauffer, who was enjoying his new duty. Normally, Bob is on the sidelines, moving the first down yard markers up and down the field. This year, however, he had to take it easy. But, from their position.on the parking lot end of the field, the pair of gents got to see a lot of action, notably this touchdown scored by Rahman Lee, the Pioneers' all-star running back. He led the team to a 31-14 victory over archrival Fairmont State University on Thurs. evening, Sept. 19. GSC'S STAR RUNNING BACK, RAHMAN LEE, SCORES A TOUCHDOWN (ARROW)