A lot of people in my neck of the woods don’t understand or don’t want to understand the negative impacts natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing has on the environment or our health. But there is one thing that almost everyone understands – property value.
We live in a small community where most people are living the American Dream – we built our homes to stay – the home where we’ll raise our children and then bounce grandchildren on our knee; you know, the home before the nursing home. Make no mistake about it, there is no full disclosure about anything related to natural gas drilling in Argyle or Bartonville, and that is a shame. I don’t know one single person who would build a home and raise their family next to the nightmare that Williams O&G calls the “Argyle Collection Facility,” AKA gas processing facility. Although the Argyle Town council has no moral issues whatsoever with poisoning children or reducing property value. How those criminals council members sleep at night is beyond me.
One year after our friends, the Ruggerios, had a gas company intrude on their beautiful land and put up a drilling rig, their property value dropped 75%. The Wise County Central Appraisal District unanimously agreed, what was originally on the 2010 tax rolls for $257,330, the home and 10-acre horse property are now worth $75,240. The entire situation is completely devastating, only made more tragic when their sweet 10 year-old daughter was diagnosed with asthma.
And if you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe the Mayor of Bartonville, Texas, who is at least making an effort to protect his citizen’s property value by trying to stop what could be another collection facility in his town’s ETJ.