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It depends on whether it is really a wilderness and whether there are other better opportunities for drilling. These decisions are subjective and not proven to be “either-or.”

Debate and discussion are healthy. Rigid attitudes are unhealthy. Stand back and hear the facts as best presented.

Gas is our best fuel. Very clean, we have lots, and don’t suck up to terrorists for it. But drilling and production are ugly. Big scars, large equipment, pipelines, dust, noise ” and won’t go away in your lifetime.

The new BLM leases up Thompson and Divide Creeks behind Sunlight are adjacent to working gas fields drilled in the 1960s, with wells and roads and corridors, not exactly wilderness. I’m opposed to drilling in pristine areas ” this area is far from that.

Because an area is merely proposed as wilderness should not ipso facto remove it from consideration for extraction leases.

Extractive industries should not be given legalistic definitions usable as pry bars to force their interests on public lands, nor should agenda-driven environmental groups. Both are exclusive of the legislative process.

The Wilderness Act has provisions to curtail or prevent resource extraction. Lands that merit that protection should be designated so by the U.S. Congress.

Absolutely not!

Considering the backgrounds of President Bush and Dick Cheney, elementary Greed 101 is obvious to the max. Their coattails riders aren’t any better. Colorado voters should look out for their own survival.

Wildlife, fishing, hunting, beautiful scenery, clean air, and abundant clean water are but a few of our assets, yet paramount on a long list. Let’s demand the BLM, COGCC, Department of Interior, and others work for us as they are supposed to. The people, rather than government influenced by big money, should be in charge.

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