Groups not trying to block all drilling |

Groups not trying to block all drilling

Clare Bastable

Dear Editor,I am writing in response to a letter to the editor by R.T. Moolick on Sept. 3. He states that organizations involved in the Roan Plateau planning process want to block all the gas wells and “shut her down.” Moolick also calls these organizations “eco-terrorists” and “dangerous.” I would encourage Mr. Moolick to be careful with terms like “eco-terrorists” that he throws around whimsically.Moolick’s statement about certain organizations attempting to block all the gas wells is ridiculous. If that were the goal, their battle would boil down to climbing a faceless vertical wall. The reality is that gas wells are everywhere in Garfield County – take a drive along I-70 if you doubt this.The following facts may give some perspective:-Over half of the Roan Plateau planning area is already owned or leased by the oil and gas industry.-94 percent of the natural gas in the Uinta and Piceance Basin (of which the Roan is a part) is already available for leasing.-Of the public comments received by the BLM in the initial planning phase, over 99 percent asked for protection of the plateau. Every town and city council wrote resolutions favoring protection as well.This is not a left-wing attempt at throwing a wrench in the wheels of the oil and gas industry. It is a response of citizens all over Garfield County and the nation seeking a little bit of balance as we continue to develop our public lands for resource extraction. Clare BastableCarbondale

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