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Letter: Colorado, USA need to develop our natural resources

I am writing this in response to the letter printed in the April 29 Post Independent by Randy Fricke.

Mr. Fricke was correct. Bill Barrett Corp. is making plans to drill 127 gas wells sometime in 2015 southeast of Silt. This was announced in The Sentinel, Mesa County’s largest newspaper.

It is hardly my impression that Bill Barrett Corp. is trying to push this through without any public comment since it was announced on the front page of the largest paper on the Western Slope. Bill Barrett Corp. has operated in this area for years, and there is nothing new to this story. Fracking in this area has also been going on for years with out any ill effect.

As to economic effect, for every rig that is operating there are scores of well-paying jobs that go along with it. Nothing to say about the tax benefits realized by Garfield County and the state of Colorado.

The only propaganda I see here is what is put out by the opponents. If new roads are proposed they will be built and paid for by Bill Barrett Corp. It is my understanding there are no roads being proposed at this juncture.

To say no to any and all drilling activity is just irresponsible. Colorado and the USA need to develop our natural resources to remain leaders in the world. We have to end our dependency on foreign energy sources.

Marsden Coughanour

Grand Junction

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