Roan Plateau gas supplies needed for U.S. energy demand |

Roan Plateau gas supplies needed for U.S. energy demand

Dear Editor,

People are finally beginning to take notice that we’re facing an increasingly urgent problem: America’s looming natural gas shortage.

Natural gas has long been considered a preferred energy source because of its clean-burning properties, relative ease of extraction and low cost of use. It’s become so popular, in fact, that the demand for natural gas is expected to increase 50 percent over the next ten years.

The problem is, our country’s production of natural gas isn’t keeping up with demand. Even though the Rocky Mountain region has enough untapped natural gas to supply the entire country for seven years, producers can’t get to it because of overly restrictive regulations and overly zealous environmental groups.

Consider this: Lower supplies mean higher natural gas prices. That means more out of your wallet for basics like electricity and heat. It means higher costs for manufacturers, who pass those costs on to you. It means more imported energy from foreign countries.

On the flip side, more natural gas translates into a stronger economy, lower prices for goods and services and a more self-sufficient America. Natural gas production is a nearly $3 billion business in Colorado, employing over 11,000 people with a payroll of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars. That’s a big piece of our economy.

Areas like the Naval Oil Shale Reserves around the Roan Plateau have the potential to provide even greater benefits to the local communities, the state and the nation. But producers have to be able to get to the gas that’s there.

Advances in technologies and methods have made exploration and drilling more environmentally sound than ever before. Studies and practical experience have shown that natural gas production and the environment are not mutually exclusive; they can and do co-exist.

It’s time we looked at natural gas production as one of the tools that can help strengthen America’s economy and security. It’s time to support natural gas.


Kathy Hall

Grand Junction

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