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Dear Editor,

Never in the seven years I have followed the gas industry in Garfield County could I have envisioned such a scenario as exists today. We have a governor who cares about the future health of the environment and the communities it supports, in balance with economic health and the energy demands of our country. There is the reorganization of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where there existed an institutional bias towards getting gas out of the ground at all costs ” human or environmental. And now, our own Tresi Houpt is selected to serve on the new COGCC! Congratulations Tresi, and thank you for what will surely be an arduous undertaking, taking on one of the biggest bullies on the block. Of course, I’ll take heart over stature any day (I’m talkin’ size here, not moral stature).

And not a moment too soon. It’s reported in today’s PI that investigators suspect a leak from a gas well, or wells, has polluted 11 drinking water wells near Pueblo. Sound familiar? I’m sure it does to the folks in the Divide Creek area, and I’ll bet the folks around this latest “accident” were told, “There’s absolutely nothing to be worried about, regulations are in place to prevent this from happening.” Uh-huh. As has been said before, this is only the tip of the iceberg.



We will elect a new county commissioner this year, and we need a commissioner with the vision, courage and integrity that commissioner Houpt has brought to her office. It’s past time for Garfield County to put the health and welfare of its citizens and their environment ahead of the short-term economic interests of big oil and gas.

I urge our commissioners to act now, and join many other impacted counties in creating a special section in the county land use code specific to oil and gas. Because it’s not if there will be more “accidents,” it’s when and where? And one thing’s certain. If you live in Garfield County, it’ll be in your backyard.



Bob Utesch

New Castle

Dear Editor,

I would like to apologize to the charmer in the white sedan at the intersection of Grand and Sixth for getting in the way of his car on Tuesday afternoon. I realize I was one of those frustrating pedestrians who walk too slowly, and that the light at that intersection, allowing Sixth Street traffic to flow west, is the shortest one in town.

My question, however, is why did you find it necessary to actually threaten me with your car? Has Glenwood’s traffic situation gotten so bad that pedestrians don’t dare cross the street too slowly for fear of becoming targets?

I urge the city or whoever is in charge of traffic signals in town to rethink the timing of the cross-street lights, particularly during peak hours. I share the frustration of the charmer in the white sedan ” though would never act on it ” and wonder how we can solve this problem. Pedestrians need time to cross the streets without fearing for their lives, and cars on cross-streets need time to safely enter Grand Avenue. City officials, please do something about this. Thank you.

Amy Hadden Marsh

Carbondale


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