Veteran forced into fracking lease day after Veteran’s Day
The Morrow County Sentinel
Columbus, Ohio— Jim Huebner, Massillon resident and Vietnam Veteran, appeared in front of the Technical Advisory Council on November 12, 2013 to express his objection to being forced into leasing his land to Everflow for oil and gas drilling, or mandatory pooled, as part of the Sisko 1 unit.
The six present council members, Mark Neese, John Ackerman, Steven Grose, Douglas Gonzalez, Brian Morley and Greg New all voted in favor to mandatory pool Jim and fourteen other people. All present members work directly with or have interest in oil and gas drilling operations.
During Huebner’s testimony, he expressed concerns about the proliferation of urban wells in the area, the aquifers that may be adversely impacted and preserving the neighborhood’s historical integrity.
Everflow’s leasing manager, Les Dundics state that all but about 5% of the properties in the proposed well location had signed leases. Chairman, Douglas Gonzalez implied he wanted to ensure the other 95% of the signers are able to “enjoy theirs” (mineral rights). He said, “better off being mandatory pooled and getting something for their minerals instead of nothing.”
Huebner rebutted to Gonzalez’s assertion that this was in everyone’s best interest. According to Jim, residents were told by land agents that they were better off signing because, if they didn’t sign, the company would take the land and they wouldn’t see anything.
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