Letter: Walz needs to open up oil and gas production

Published 10:17 am Thursday, July 17, 2008

My heating bill arrived today with an increase in my monthly even pay amount for natural gas. It’s going up over $100 per month starting July. Yep, in July. I called the gas company and asked why. My usage has consistently gone down over the last several years, and again this year, due to a great deal of weatherizing for our home. The lady at the gas company says it’s going up now because natural gas prices are expected to rise sharply this coming winter.

The oil fields that are not currently open to production offer natural gas production opportunities. If Tim Walz won’t open up oil and natural gas production, then I am voting for Brian Davis. It’s just that simple. I thought the gasoline situation was bad, but now I know it’s only part of the story.

Muriel Hanson

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Preston, Minn.