Silt woman wins Chuck Worley award |

Silt woman wins Chuck Worley award

SILT – When Peggy Utesch and her family moved to Dry Hollow near Silt, they didn’t expect gas companies to drill for natural gas near their house. But that’s what happened five years ago, prompting Utesch to organize other community members to encourage Garfield County to hire an oil and gas auditor. Utesch gives advice to landowners in the area who are dealing with a variety of gas drilling issues on their land, and she helped publish a booklet called “Your Land, Your Rights.”For her efforts to educate homeowners, the Western Colorado Congress in October honored Utesch with his highest award for volunteers, the Chuck Worley Award. According to the group’s newsletter, the WCC considers Utesch one of the Western Slope’s “foremost citizen experts” on natural gas issues, one who is unafraid to speak out about them. The newsletter said Utesch’s most recent project is the Rifle, Silt, New Castle development plan, a collaborative project among community members and energy companies involving the community in order to manage development in way that will have less impact on rural residents.

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