I manage the E-t jerky store that’s located south of Hiko and is NOT affiliated with the Alien Jerky store in Baker, California. I ask that you please check the fact of whomever the only account of the outreach in Lincoln County in Nevada (Lincoln County Residents Outraged Over National Monument Proclamation: Progress July 15, 2015).
The person’s information was totally wrong. I worked tirelessly to inform my community about the benefits greater protections would bring our rural community by spreading information on social media, passing around petitions, and passing out pamphlets of information on not only the monument but the fracking that it would halt. Those actually interested in the truth please feel free to get ahold of me for a copy of the proclamation and any other info on fracking.
When Cresent Hardy leaked a draft of the proclamation, he couldn’t even bother to get his facts right. I started passing around copies of the proclamation to anyone who would take a moment to read the document that would greatly benefit their day to day lives. Many would like to speculate on a document they didn’t even bother to read. I stand by my choice in seeing greater protections against fracking for the future health of my children. Their health isn’t worth it gambling with.
Not once have I ever heard, seen, or read about a case where big oil has put people before profits. All one has to do is research fracking to see the numerous issues with the process and the dangers it would pose our home in Lincoln County. The joke excuse for a set of regulations NDOM put out last year, allows drilling as close as 300 ft to personal water well like the one I live off of.
The horror stories of big oil has forced parents to sign gag orders on their children to be able to afford medical help is just a small recent example of the horrors fracking would bring our community. And in case anyone cares about water grabs, the Yucca Mountain Project asked for over 200 wells to be drilled along the railroad the Department of Energy had planned on building from Caliente through Basin and Range to deliver nuclear waste.
Each well they would have drilled would have been approved for millions of gallons of water a year. Lincoln County can’t afford to lose that amount of water and maintain the ranching/farming community which is for the most part our economic lifeblood.
I also would like to pose this question, “Who the hell’s bright idea is it to frack near a nuclear waste repository on land that is already unstable seismically?” Our community just had an earthquake that damaged the US-95 for 8 plus hours over 100 miles away in Las Vegas. Allowing oil developers to frack and the DOE to store nuclear waste won’t do our community any good. These projects just help pad the pockets of a few, and would be nothing less than shortsighted income. As long as the ranchers and the community hold accountable our elected officials, the grazing rights that sustain our rural communities will continue to be protected.
Please let it be known whenever I have talked or been printed I have always expressed my support for our ranching heritage and how most ranchers try to protect the land and not ruin it. My ties to this land run deep and even though I am no rancher, I still love my community. This is the place I call home, and I would hate to see anything happen to the way of life we have.
I look forward to seeing our community grow in a long term sustainable way where all uses of the land such as grazing, recreation, and conservation, and the land itself will always be protected.