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Letter: A voice for those harmed by gas industry

Randy Fricke
New Castle

On March 19, Kent Jolley of Glenwood Springs criticized my recent letter in which I condemned Gov. Hickenlooper and his backroom deal with Rep. Jared Polis to sideline the fracking ban ballot initiative. My recent letter was also critical of the COGCC and the Colorado Health Department. Mr. Jolley defended them and his natural gas industry.

He has the right to do that. I don’t have a problem with people who have jobs with the gas industry. I have a problem with the gas industrial complex and the way that they do business. The gas industry has this self-entitlement mentality that they have can have any piece of public or private land and water for their profit margins.

I write letters criticizing the gas industry because there are many people who live here who have been impacted negatively by the gas industry have no voice or representation at the local, state and national levels of government. Try going to the Colorado Legislature and saying anything negative about the gas industry. The gas lobbyists roam the halls of our state Capitol to silence the voices of opposition. The gas industry can buy any politician they want.

An FYI for Mr. Jolley — fracking is not the same as it was 70 years ago. Another FYI — the reason that EPA has not found evidence of harm caused by fracking is that they make excuses not to look for it. All I can say to Mr. Jolley is that I can sleep at night knowing that I did not poison a water well, a stream or someone’s livestock. I can sleep at night knowing that I am not producing carcinogens for a profit at the expense of human lives. Finally, the flames coming out of our water faucets do not lie.

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