C&C: Apache Hosts Town Hall to Address Fracking Concerns in Balmorhea

  1. C&C: Apache Hosts Town Hall to Address Drilling Concerns in Balmorhea

  2. C&C: Apache Corporation's Open House Goals

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  3. C&C: People Attend Open House for Various Reasons

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These Cut-and-Copies were reported for Marfa Public Radio

Last night, the Apache Corporation hosted an open house at the Balmorhea Community Center to outline their plans for hydraulic fracturing in the area, and to address concerns of local residents. Apache spokesperson Joe Brettell said the primary goal was to have a conversation with residents.
We know that uh, obviously there’s been some media and some talk around town about it. And what we wanted to do was … to really set up a both a place for them to talk to us and for us to listen. To explain some of the processes of how we are going to extract some of these resources in the most environmentally sensitive and careful way.
One of those ways, Brettell said, is by drawing “exclusion zones” around both the San Solomon Springs and the town of Balmorhea. He did not list specific details about the SIZE or NATURE of these self-imposed buffers, but ensured Apache “Won’t be exploring for resources there.”

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Last night, the Apache Corporation hosted an open house at the Balmorhea Community Center to outline their plans for hydraulic fracturing in the area, and to address concerns of local residents. People attended for a variety of reasons.

Steve and Arleen Koehn live in the area and were curious what Apache’s presence would mean for them, as farmers.

We wouldn’t be what you call an environmental activist or anything like that. We use uh, this watershed here for irrigation. Crops and everything. It’s in the district water. It’s just nice to know, what the future holds for everybody.

Robert Epsy attended yesterday’s open house, too. He came with one thing on his mind -- a job.

Yeah, there are some people that enjoy the lake. Or concerned about the drilling. You know. Personally right now, i haven’t had a job in almost over a month, so uh, looking to see uh what’s available for apache.