The Garden City Telegram
9/18/2013
OPINIONS AND COMMENTARY

Your Views: Concerns surround transmission plan

A current energy project, "Grain Belt Express Clean Line," is identifying potential routes in Kansas to build a 700-mile, overhead, high voltage direct current transmission line that will deliver wind energy from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east.

There are valid concerns being expressed within the oil industry as to how this will affect current wells and the drilling of future wells. The concerns being expressed within the oil industry about this project include no information being made available to oil/mineral right owners on what the route or project was. The oil industry has learned of this project through local landowners, not Clean Line Energy.

This issue is a concern for the future of current wells, and the future drilling efforts within the oil industry in Kansas. There also seems to be the possibility that Missouri and Illinois may not participate as Kansas has. At this time the Grain Belt Express Clean Line has been granted the status of a Kansas utility, therefore, the company can proclaim eminent domain over the wishes of landowners, community leaders and oil production companies.

Project Clean Line has also been granted a 10-year state tax abatement. In the oil industry when a successful oil well is drilled, tax revenue from that well is gained immediately for Kansas and the local communities and counties where the well is located. This is revenue that has proven to be needed by the state and communities for infrastructure and progress. If this energy project deters the drilling of future wells or has an impact on existing production wells, it will impact revenue to Kansas and local communities/counties.

Landowners, please note that you have rights to negotiate the contracts that affect your land. Negotiations should include what will impact the land now and in the future.

Kansas citizens have until Oct. 5 to express their concerns to the Kansas Corporation Commission. As chairman of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, I would like to know your thoughts, concerns or endorsements of the "Grain Belt Express Clean Line" project. I would like to hear from landowners, royalty owners, farmers, renters and oil companies.

Please provide me the following information:

* Name

* Land description

* County

* Description of who you are (land owner, renter, businessmen, oil royalty owner, etc.), and what concerns you have about Grain Belt Express Clean Line project.

Mail your information to:

Tim Scheck, Scheck Oil Operations, KIOGA chairman

211 S. Front St., Russell, KS 67665

Or email at scheckoil@ruraltel.net

And contact the Kansas 109th District Representative Troy Waymaster at troy.waymaster@house.ks.gov.

Let's work together to keep Kansas communities and the oil industry strong in Kansas, today and in the future.

TIM SCHECK,

Russell