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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The June 11 article in the PI covering EnCana’s position of threatening to shift its activities to other states with lesser requirements for natural resources and public health is very enlightening. It reminds me of a similar setting about 40 years ago when numerous industries threatened many states with relocation based on the prospects of more lenient public health and natural resources requirements in other states. In the absence of federal requirements at that time, states were placed in untenable positions of trading their public health responsibilities for economic growth. This led to serious environmental problems across the nation, many of which were publicized.

Recognizing the seriousness of the problem, the Nixon Administration created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 to provide a stronger federal presence for addressing environmental issues. Shortly thereafter, Congress enacted strong national measures with passage of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts that established minimum state requirements for water and air quality control.

As an employee of the EPA during those early years and subsequently becoming the head of the Colorado Water Quality Control Division during the 1980s, I recognized the importance to the states of those federal actions. But I also saw the limitations of the Clean Water Act. Most significantly, it does not regulate groundwater contamination, particularly activities associated with oil and gas exploration and production. As a result, states do not have the benefit of a national framework for groundwater protection. Perhaps it’s time for such national requirements to be established in the interest of keeping oil and gas companies from continuing with their relocation threats.

Gary Broetzman

New Castle

It’s a crying shame that RFTA might have to discontinue bus services west of New Castle. A mere Y4 penny tax could fund a fair contribution for western Garfield County. But the tightwad majority of Silt and Rifle say, “Why buy the cow when you’re getting the milk for free?”

These silly, short sighted citizens are going to turn loose hundreds of extra CARS on I-70 and 82 everyday! Sunshine or blizzard, it’s going to take longer to get to work. More accidents, more sitting in bumper to bumper gridlock.

Are we feeling stupid yet, folks? Think how you’ll feel when a bus-deprived commuter kills a friend or relative.

Soon enough gas prices will top $4 a gallon again and our penny-wise, pound foolish policies will leave us no option, but to pay at the pump.

RFTA provides excellent mass transit services. For a community that claims environmental value, we’re missing the bus on this one.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Silt

My last letter concerned the Battlement Mesa Management Company and its dramatic increase in rents and utility charges in the face of a declining rentals in their apartment complex. We are left with a company buoyed by a million or so increase in rents and fees.

You would think that some of this increased flow of cash to the management company would be used to upgrade the facilities and enhance the experience of “Living, Working and Playing” in Battlement Mesa. After repeated complaints there was a small flurry of activity consisting of an attempt to paint the exterior of the Willow Ridge units – an attempt not completed with stairways not painted and the railings on the decks left untouched, although the paint left on the stairs is still there. Some deck railings have not been maintained or painted since the apartments were built, thus they are devoid of paint and in dire need of a carpenter. If the peeling paint on the decks disturb you, one may have a change of pace by viewing the parking lots and the apartment foyers where you will find a great variety of cigarette butts, pop and water bottles, assorted fast food containers, and a myriad of beer cans and bottles. Obviously, the Battlement Mesa management company does not litter the area, but on the other hand, they do not have anyone attempting to clean it up. There are no resident managers to take care of the problems and insure the cleanliness of the area.

Since the “tenant meetings” that were used in the past to identify problems have been discontinued, it would seem that a “on-hand’ manager would allow the management to keep in touch with the people they are supposed to service. When addressing the management company leader he was puzzled by my comment on the “quality of life” changes in the apartment units. Stay tuned for more.

Ron Call

Montrose


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