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Salem council eyes requiring drilling permit

October 9, 2013

SALEM — City council’s next move regarding oil and gas drilling may include requiring property owners to secure a permit before signing a lease which includes surface rights....

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Oct-13-13 11:03 AM

Swagger, the city leased no surface rights within the city. And no fee for permits has been mentioned at all. Also no action has been taken, and had you attended the meeting you would have noticed several times that the phrase, if we want to limit drilling in the city the permit process is the only option available. To date, NO decision has been made as to whether we should limit that right. A request to do so was submitted but we have not decided if it is something we want to do, or if the citizens in the city really want that action. Atten a mtg and let your council know what you want, or call a committee member to give your option.

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Oct-09-13 8:20 PM

Disguising appeasing those against drilling with a money grab. It's very disappointing to see that even the city of Salem wants to eliminate the rights of the property owners.

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Oct-09-13 8:06 PM

The city leased and has had drilled your water supply. They now are trying to protect you from drilling. It's ok if they lease but they want you to apply and pay for the privilege. These are the same people that control the meth her ion and drive b y s that you read about monthly. Why would anyone think they would do any better on any topic than what they have already done? The second meth lab by the police station, that has been shot at on camera. When is enough enough for city people?

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Oct-09-13 2:04 PM

Drill Here, Drill Now, Drill Baby Drill.

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Oct-09-13 10:49 AM

"applying for a permit" ... gee, wonder how much that is going to cost?? There again, these "fine" Repubs looking to make money off the citizens. They can't propose a tax, oh no, heaven forbid, but they'll make money every nickel & dime way they can find!!

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Oct-09-13 10:35 AM

Really am I seeing this right. City Council wants to decide what kind of legal agreements private citizens can enter into and what they can't. Sounds to me like a lawsuit in the making. They must have a bigger bank account down there than they claim, if they can afford any litigation cost that might come up from this idea. Read the state requirements for the placement of wells folks it will eliminate most of your the sky is falling worries about wells being put in residential areas. Live with it, the State is in control of gas well drilling. Try working with them rather than trying to circumvent their authority.

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