Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:
As a longtime farmer/rancher, I’m a strong believer in protecting our state’s great natural resources.  But the proposed constitutional amendment now being considered that would set aside a big chunk of North Dakota’s oil extraction tax for mandated conservation sure isn’t the way to go about doing it.
Published January 3, 2014

The Herald

Dear Editor:

As a longtime farmer/rancher, I’m a strong believer in protecting our state’s great natural resources. But the proposed constitutional amendment now being considered that would set aside a big chunk of North Dakota’s oil extraction tax for mandated conservation sure isn’t the way to go about doing it.

The most troubling part of this measure is that it would allow non-profit groups to buy land with the oil tax money.

The radical environmentalists who support this amendment, like the Sierra Club, would also be eligible to receive the conservation funding that would be available by this measure. This would open the doors for them to buy land with the oil tax money and take it out of production agriculture. It would create incredibly unfair government-subsidized competition for farmers and ranchers trying to make a living off the land by causing land prices to skyrocket, making it that much more expensive for them to compete.

I support doing what we can to protect our environment and natural resources, but not at the expense of farmers and ranchers who don’t have access to big pots of constitutionally-mandated money to finance their operations.

Sincerely yours,

Wayne Gerbig

Amidon, ND

701-879-6353

Email — gerbigwk@ndsupernet.com

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