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Rifle residents asked about gas

An information survey company from Denver has been calling Rifle area residents and offering to pay them $60 to share their views about natural gas industry activities in the region.Information Research employee Ryan Ludwig said a “client” he could not identify contracted the firm to telephone people in the Rifle area. He said Information Research completed the survey by interviewing 12 people – half women, half men, half opposed to gas industry development and half supporting the industry.”We talked to a lot of farmers,” he said. “They said they’ve been receiving offers to sell off part of their land. They said they’re intimidated. Some of them would like to (sell), but they don’t want to make their neighbors mad.” Garfield oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison thinks there may be a connection between the gas industry survey and a Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting being held tonight at the Rifle Senior Center. Colorado State Rep. Kathleen Curry will make a presentation at that meeting about legislation she is drafting regarding surface owners’ rights. Dennison said he had been “hearing from a number of people in the area that a research firm out of Denver has been calling folks and offering them $60 to show up at the meeting.” Ludwig said, besides surveying people in the Rifle area, Information Research conducts surveys all over the state. He said his next survey focuses on deodorants, and is paying selected interviewees $250 to talk about their deodorant preferences.

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