(This letter has also been forwarded to the Warren County School Board)
I have been thinking about possible solutions to the financial problems the Warren County School District is dealing with. While I have not figured out a solution, I believe I have a fantastic idea to ease the problem substantially. I have found there is room to safely drill 8 shallow oil wells on the Beaty school grounds. The wells would be located in areas that would have little to no effect on the school's use of the property and would also have no effect on the beautiful path along the Conewango Creek. Upon completion, the wells could be completely concealed in little green tin buildings 4'x6'x6' high. I am willing to manage the entire drilling project free of charge.
I have more experience drilling in the city than anyone else, and I have a great team of people who work for me every day drilling in the city and know how to deal with the special requirements. The wells would not only contribute a substantial amount of money, but could also eliminate the gas bills for Beaty, the high school and the elementary school. Figured at present day prices, I estimate the minimum net revenue for the first 2 years to be $1,000, 000 and more likely to be $2,000,000 with the possibility of much more if the wells were really good. This location in Warren should have above average wells, and the wells the city has could provide an estimate of the potential. I believe I have thought out every last detail and ruled out any problems.
I think this should be put on the ballot as a "one time" referendum to waive zoning requirements for drilling, as this is not for the benefit of any individual, but for the good of all taxpayers and everyone living in the community. I think it is crazy to let our schools go broke and break our tax payers while millions of dollars worth of oil and gas lay just underneath the school. This would also ensure that no matter how far our schools fall, at least they could be warm free of charge. If the voters choose higher taxes and poorer schools, then so be it, however I think people should have a choice. I look forward to discussing this matter with you further.
John D. Branch,