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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

This is in reference to the Nov. 7 article in the Post Independent about a presentation by Garfield County to the Energy Advisory Board concerning the fact that Garfield County is flush with cash because of the taxes paid by the energy industry.

Regarding the comments about the Health Impact Assessment (HIA), it should be pointed out that the county funded only a draft of the HIA and that the three elected public servants on the Board of County Commissioners refused to use some of the cash to fund a final report of the HIA, which has left it in a state of limbo and unfinished.

An assumption can be made that this was done because the drilling companies were not pleased with an HIA that indicated that there were many health and other risks connected with drilling activities within the confines of a heavily populated area such as Battlement Mesa.



Regarding the comments by Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis concerning the large amount of taxes assessed on the personal property of the energy companies, he conveniently omitted the fact that these taxes are credited against the state severance taxes, which results in Colorado having one of the lowest effective tax rates on the oil and gas industry in the country.

Garry Evenson



Battlement Mesa


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