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  •      Dodge City resident Leslee Davis has major concerns about the oil boom.

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  • Editor's note: Many Dodge City and Ford County residents attended the June 18 Oil and Gas Symposium. In an effort to gather the reactions, concerns and views our readers have about possible hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in the area, The Daily Globe will be running a series of reader comments and thoughts.
    Dodge City resident Leslee Davis has major concerns about the oil boom.
    While it's true that prosperity is winking from the horizon as the new gas and oil boom gets underway, there are other factors to consider, she said.
    “With our area so heavily invested in farming, it seems to me that farmers will want to be thoroughly informed about potential long term risks to their lands and crops,” Davis said.
    Davis cited an article published this month that she had read about the North Dakota oil boom. While the author acknowledges oil drilling sparked a “frenzied prosperity” and brought an infusion of jobs reviving moribund local businesses, there was a more ominous effect as well.
    "The downside is waste - lots of it. Companies produce millions of gallons of salty, chemical-infused wastewater, known as brine, as part of drilling and fracking each well. Drillers are supposed to inject this material thousands of feet underground into disposal wells, but some of it isn't making it that far,” Davis said quoting the article.
    Davis also brought to light the findings of a report released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report focused on underground water pollution in central Wyoming.
    "In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process,” the report states.
    In the 121-page report, EPA officials said that the contamination near the town of Pavillion, Wyo., “had most likely seeped up from gas wells and contained at least 10 compounds known to be used in frack fluids," Davis said.
    Davis also expressed her opinion of the “need for unbiased information from sources in lieu of Manager of Corporate Development and Government Relations at Chesapeake Energy, James Roller, who conducted the recent symposium on impacts to our area.
    She would like to hear information from other sources who do not have “a clear vested corporate interest in hydraulic fracturing.”
    If you would like to share your opinion of the oil and gas industry coming to our area please contact Abigail Wilson at (620) 408-9917 or e-mail her at abigail.wilson@dodgeglobe.com.
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