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Letter to the editor: The open house in Fort Laramie

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 28th, 2013

Dear fellow Goshen County residents,

I am living in Fort Laramie. Monday afternoon, July 29 (open house hours were advertised as 4-6 p.m.), I went to the open house sponsored by Strobel & Starostka.

These very nice people (visit their many websites) have brought Williston, N.D. and the surrounding area their services to the Bakken Oil Fields and the crude oil loading pipelines and terminal(s) there (possibly loading the rail tank cars and train which got away from its railside mooring and incinerated Lac-Mégantic, Canada).

Other hosts included 88 Oil (True Oil) out of Casper and the Belle Fourche Pipelines fire control personnel. Also there to serve and protect the public interests of our community and its environmental welfare were representatives from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Those representing the various entities on this occasion were well-educated and polished business people, informative and polite. These people had gathered hindsight some many months after purchasing a large land tract at the very city limits of Fort Laramie, and, having made initial plans and breaking ground on the site May 13, thusly began construction.

Not one word was made to any of the people of this community other than a late date, select gathering, by invitation only, under somewhat dubious circumstances with a few of the town’s councilmen to assure this limited few of their sincerity of purpose and purity of motives.

Most important, tax monies and new jobs would be coming into the community and county, especially in the form of taxes! Let us watch and see what comes of this.

When I arrived Monday at 5:45 p.m., the soonest I could get there after work, there were representatives of the above corporate interests and a few people of this community whom I recognized.

However, I must have arrived too late to witness the burgeoning throngs of joyful, dually impressed and satisfied attendees from throughout the county and this community as reported on the front page of your paper! A poor PR moment.

Sincerely your neighbor,

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