Editor:

In Marita Noon's weekly column in the Farmington Daily Times titled "Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up" that was printed in February, 2014, her opening sentence is not correct. She stated "lf you find oil or natural gas on your property, the value goes up."

She went on to say that if an endangered animal is found on your property the value goes down. We have a gas well on our property which has caused over an acre of our Aztec land to be unusable by us. We cannot develop anything on or near that gas pad. A few years ago, we requested an onsite inspection and conference with the San Juan County Assessor and a staff member. As a result, the value of our property was decreased and we received a very small tax break.

In other words, "own" land that the natural gas facility is on, we pay taxes on the property that the facility is on, we cannot use that parcel of land and we do not receive any compensation from the company that operates that gas well. Our problem is a common problem when oil and gas facilities are on or near private property.

 

SHIRLEY "SUG" MCNALL

Aztec