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Drilling and drought a bad combination

Peggy Utesch

Dear Editor,

The National Weather Service is predicting a dryer-than-average winter, which doesn’t bode well for Colorado water supplies. Ranchers in Garfield are acutely aware of the difficulties this poses. Insufficient irrigation water is a big problem.

Anyone who has watched a gas well being drilled knows it takes hundreds of truckloads of water to drill a single well. Multiply that times the hundreds of wells proposed for next year, and it has to have an impact. In addition, EnCana is removing huge quantities of water from deep aquifers south of Silt in order to access gas trapped in coal seams (coalbed methane).

If you have questions or concerns about water issues and gas development, please plan to attend Saturday’s Water Forum in Glenwood Springs at the school district offices. (See ads.) Water experts representing a variety of agencies and topics will be on hand to answer questions and share information on this important issue.

If you need more information, please call 945-4490, 876-0430 or 285-7801.

Peggy Utesch


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