Keeping the balance between money and the environment |

Keeping the balance between money and the environment

I must say that the recent Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum meeting in Rifle was really the best yet. It seems the industry is taking note that the public needs more information about their invasion. The speakers were enlightening with good slide presentations, fliers and CD-ROMS given away.

However, due caution is advised. There was extra heavy emphasis on the benefits of all this money coming into the coffers of the county. There was even a good deal of “chest beating” about money for scholarships being given to our children by this industry.

Along with that, as only one example, the sign of politics joining the invaders has tipped its hand. Steve Soychak of Williams Production Company introduced Kathy Hall. She has recently become part of the Western Slope Chapter of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) and shared with the audience her impressive background in politics. I believe her credentials and expertise will certainly be an asset to COGA.

Money and politics have always been brothers. And that my friends, is the “eye-opener to this wary eye.” Let us all be especially attentive in seeing to it that a good balance is kept between the power of money and the environment.

This windfall is a boon toward the education of our children and increases the county (taxpayer’s) bank account. The alliance of industry and politics can be good also, provided the motivation is for the good of all.

Garland Anderson


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