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LETTER: Use available technology to protect land and water

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FARGO — It was interesting to read Doug Goehring’s recent op-ed (July 23, Page A4) that attacked Ryan Taylor for his pledge to protect landowners, as well as attacking Taylor for being “folksy,” as if that is a bad thing.

Forgetting for a moment that last point — because the irony is too much to handle when I hear that type of attack from an elected official with a past of mistreating women.

I grew up in a small farming community and have great respect for those landowners and the women who worked that land — my mother being one of them.

I have a few questions of my own for Goehring when it comes to landowner protection.

The Industrial Commission’s very own oil and gas director testified previously that a meter is required on a pipeline if it is within a quarter-mile of surface water or a shallow aquifer.

The Industrial Commission’s spokeswoman said if the pipeline is near a body of water, a monitoring device is always required. So my question is: Why is the Industrial Commission under the theoretical leadership of Goehring requiring these meters if they don’t work? Or is Goehring admitting that all of our valuable waters are in danger under his policies because these meters don’t work?

The commissioner, try as he might, can’t have it both ways.

The bottom line is that we need to protect our land and water with every available technology, and not sit around in the meantime as Goehring’s method of governing is to say everything is fine.

Technology is often adapted that is less than 100 percent effective, but that in fact and of itself is strange logic to defend Goehring’s policy of doing nothing.

We know that seat belts don’t work 100 percent of the time either, but that doesn’t mean we tell our children they shouldn’t wear them.

Ellen Dunn

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