Geological Company's Letter Has Midland County Residents Worried 6/18/13
June 18, 2013
"I'm not going to sign the permit. I don't know of anyone that is," said Sherrie Ohara, a resident of Midland county who received a letter from Dawson Geophysical Company.
The letter asks for permission to conduct a geological survey on her property. Other neighbors have also received the letter. She says she fears what could happen to her neighborhood now that Dawson Geological has shown interest in looking for oil on her property.
"I swore I would never sell it. I swore I would defend it from the day I bought it," she said.
The letter states that Dawson is conducting the survey for Pioneer Natural Resources. Neighbors CBS 7 spoke with say the letter is too broad and they want more answers from both companies before they sign the agreement.
An official for Pioneer says they have worked with Dawson before and they are trusted company. They also say Dawson will use a machine that will send vibrations through the ground instead of explosions, making it highly unlikely that property will be damaged. Also, they must have permission from the property owners before they start searching for oil.
"I don't want a rig in my front yard, I don't know anybody that does," Ohara said.
Ohara has many questions including what will happen if oil is found on her property. Dawson has pledged to give her and other neighbors nearly eighty dollars to survey on their land, but without more information she says its not enough.
"I feel it's an insult," she said.
CBS 7 attempted to contact employees with Dawson but they have not returned our calls. One official we did speak with refused to comment on this issue.
David Leaverton of Pioneer Natural Resources says anyone with questions about the project should contact him.