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LETTER: Communication is valued on oil and gas views

I would like to send out two big thank-yous for some insightful and educating events that I attended over the past month in regards to oil and gas drilling.

The first thank-you goes to Garfield County and Colorado Mesa University for putting on the 2014 Energy and Environment Symposium. The event included knowledgeable speakers, a drilling site visit and a keynote speech from U.S. Congressmen Scott Tipton. I would like to especially thank Kirby Winn and Gretchen DuBois for their efforts. Kirby Winn is the Garfield County oil and gas liaison. He does a wonderful job of making himself available to answer questions and concerns in regards to oil and gas drilling. You can find his contact info at http://www.garfield-county.com/oil-gas/staff.aspx.

The second thanks goes to the BLM and the people who spoke at the De Beque scoping meeting on May 1 in regards to the leases in the Thompson Divide and surrounding area. As a proponent of renewable energy and conservation, it was very beneficial to hear those in support of developing the leases for oil and gas production. Their voice is very valid in wanting to develop the leases, as these kind folks make their livelihoods and survival on the oil and gas industry.

What I took away from these two events is invaluable. The first is education. No matter what your stance is, it is important to get educated on the subject. The second is we are all people. We all just want to make a living and do what is best. It just so happens that we have differing views on how to achieve it. The important thing is to acknowledge our differences and communicate effectively to find a compromise.

A.J. Hobbs

Carbondale Town Council

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