If elected, my number one responsibility is the health and safety of our residents and I do not take this lightly.
There cannot be any shortcuts with safety. As combat veteran responsible for soldiers’ lives, I take this responsibility to heart!
I don’t claim to be an environmental expert, but what I do claim is I am not willing to take any chances with the health and safety of our residents. I view continuing pressure on the operator and other agencies as paramount. We are amid the Environmental Review Process to update our regulations relating to the oil fields. This is our opportunity to ensure operations do not interfere with our health and safety, whether it is the number of wells or extraction techniques and procedures. Robust monitoring to identify and log any releases is critical, as well as adequate contingency/evacuation plans in the event of an accident.