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January 17, 2013
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LETTER: Clean air, water should not be sacrificed for energy independence

I am concerned about the plans to drill for natural gas near my home east of Mesa, Colorado. I have witnessed how the air quality has declined along the Colorado River near Rifle as the gas industry has expanded recently. It only takes one's sense of smell to know that our clean mountain air is endangered by activities related to gas drilling.

The gas industry repeats their claim that there has never been a documented case of water pollution attributed to fracking. It really doesn't matter to them as their lobbyists in Washington have purchased exemption from the Clean Water and Air Acts.

It matters to me as my family and community will be left with the potential for our water to be tainted by the fracking fluids as most of these fluids with their chemical additives are left underground. The gas industry would have me trust that because of the depth of their drilling, there is no possibility of polluting underground water sources. I have no trust for this industry that refuses to even make public the list of chemicals that they are injecting into the ground.

Clean air and water are invaluable and should not be sacrificed in this drive for "energy independence." Natural gas is also a valuable resource. It is a gift for us and for the generations of the future, but in the drive to enrich corporations and shareholders we are allowing questionable drilling techniques to be used with little consideration for our children or for the natural world.-

Gary Weidner


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