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LETTER: Commissioners willing to risk our health for tax dollars

The governor and Legislature want to pass statewide regulations on air quality relative to oil and gas production. Garfield County commissioners want to have different — less stringent — regulations.

So, our commissioners say that the quality of air we live and breathe should be a “local” matter rather than statewide. My question then is do Garfield County residents have different kinds of air, or do we have different kinds of lungs or immune systems? Or is it that our county has a lot of tax revenue from oil and gas? What this sounds like is our commissioners would take a health risk with our lives for tax dollars.

The oil and gas business model is to drill a lot to get production going, then keep drilling new wells to keep the production at the same level. A well’s production is not constant; they produce less over time. Either the well is fracked again or abandoned. So one day — not far off — the gas will be gone and the tax dollars will stop; what do we do then?

By the way, if you think that air around oil and gas production is safe, check with the guys working out there.

Patrick Hunter


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