(09/06/2001)
A resolution standing up for the rights of county residents related to deep well drilling in Calhoun has been passed by the Calhoun County Board of Education. The resolution will be discussed at Friday's Economic Development Summit in Flatwoods. Nearly 70 permits have been issued for Calhoun, the largest number of any county in the state.

Board members Burl Simers, Carlene Frederick and Juanita Berdine, along with County Commission President Bob Weaver, will be attending the state-wide summit which has attracted over 150 people.

Weaver, who authored the resolution, will be giving copies to those registered. It has also been passed by the Calhoun Commission.

A resolution by the Board of Education of the County of Calhoun:

TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF OUR CITIZENS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEEP WELL DRILLING

Whereas, we the members of the Calhoun County Board of Education, do hereby make record of our concerns and issues surrounding the taxation of deep well drilling in the County of Calhoun and the State of West Virginia.

Whereas, we the members of the Calhoun County Board of Education, ar aware of a historical record of natural resources being removed from our boundaries, often without reasonable and fair compensation to royalty holders, land owners, small oil and gas producers and citizens.

Whereas, we the members of the Calhoun County Board of Education, are aware of tax breaks, laws and special considerations given the purveyors of our natural resources, often depriving our citizens of rightful and taxable income which would maintain or improve the quality of life of those residing within the boundaries of Calhoun County.

Whereas, we the members of the Calhoun County Board of Education, do hereby give notice of our intent to stand for the rights of our citizens in relation to concessions and deals being agreed upon by the West Virginia State Tax Department, other departments of government and members of the West Virginia Legislature, who may seek to favor those vested interests.

Whereas, we call upon all counties whose government has such concern, along with the County Commissions, Boards of Education and citizens of those counties, to join us in developing and maintaining a consortium who monitor and advocate for fairness in taxation on the production of deep well drilling within our boundaries.

Whereas, we the members of the Calhoun County Board of Education, declare that such discussions and decisions be passed before them before any adoption by the branches of government of the State of West Virginia.

Whereas, we the members of the Calhoun County Board of education, call upon the companies and conglomerates who seek to draw resources from our lands, to consider our rights and needs, and work cooperatively with us in the development of deep well drilling.

Signed this 13th day of August, 2001 by the members of the Calhoun County Board of Education

Rick Fitzwater, President
Ronald Blankenship, Secretary
Lewis B. Simers, Member
Carlene Frederick, Member
Ralph J. Cunningham, Member
Juanita Berdine, Member

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