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Gas liaison would protect public health, safety

Peggy Utesch

Dear Editor,

At the County Commissioner meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, folks who are advocating for a county employee to oversee gas and oil development locally made another presentation. An analogy we have used is this: The county has inspectors who oversee building that takes place in the county to be sure that codes and rules are followed. This is seen as important function to ensure public safety. Many of western Garfield County’s residents believe there is a need for an employee to oversee the gas and oil extraction industry to be certain rules governing their work are also being followed. Many of us who live near this type of development are acutely aware that rules are often not followed by some companies, thus the request.

Unfortunately, Commissioner McCown chose to characterize the requested position as the county hiring a “tattletale.” I’m having a hard time understanding how someone who would oversee the public safety, health, and industry rules for gas extraction is a tattletale, when a building inspector isn’t. Commissioner McCown may not agree the position is needed, but I find his need to publicly malign the the request to be unacceptable behavior from an elected official.


Peggy Utesch

South of Silt

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