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Letter: Taylor serious about land, water

It was interesting to read North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring’s recent letter to the editor that attacked ag commissioner candidate Ryan Taylor for his pledge to protect landowners, as well as attacking Taylor for being “folksy,” as if that is a bad thing.

I have a few questions for Goehring when it comes to landowner protection. The Industrial Commission’s oil and gas director testified previously that a meter is required on a pipeline if it is within one-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 Doug 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 can’t have it both ways.

The bottom line is, 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.