Like many of you, I had the good fortune of being born and raised in the southern Richland/Ashland/Holmes County area – of assuming through young eyes that the whole world must be this beautiful.
But then growing up, (it was) traveling, and finding that there are very few places as serene and pretty as this region we call home. Now an out-of-state company seeks to invade and profit from spoiling this land we love. We’re told their drilling is thousands of feet underground, barely noticed. But the derricks which power it are dozens of feet high, brightly lit, and operate 24/7 creating noise and an eyesore impacting miles of countryside. Each turns several acres of pastoral farmland into a heavy industrial site.
Our quiet country roads would be taken over by hundreds of large trucks bringing materials and hauling away the oil and gas – this also continuing 24/7, for many years. More pipelines would cross our properties, with their disruption and restrictions on how we can use our own land. The company says our well water would not be harmed. But accidents have happened – and they will happen again. When one happens near your home, it’s “game over” for quality of life on your property. Is this Clear Fork Valley we know and love not a place far too rare and precious to sell out to such a fate, at any price?
My family does not want to be remembered as people who invited in this destruction and have said “NO” to fracking on our farm. We pray the rest of our community will likewise commit to being keepers of the countryside.