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Letter: Dishonest motives in frack attack

Kent Jolley
Glenwood Springs

Randy Fricke states that “most Western Slope residents know how corrupt the COGCC & CDHP are.” I won’t be arrogant enough to speak for “most Western Slope residents,” but most of the residents I do know appreciate the benefits we get from using gas and oil in our daily lives, as well as the opportunities and jobs the industry provides.

Most of the people that I know understand that the COGCC and CDPH are made up of real, dedicated people who work very passionately to enforce Colorado law and regulations, which is their duty. The only corruption is Fricke’s dishonest motives for attacking fracking and the people who engage in it every day. Fracking has been used for nearly 70 years on about 2 million oil and gas wells in the U.S. The EPA has never found an instance of ground water being contaminated by fracking. Period.

Mr. Fricke’s assertions of “abusive drilling practices” and claims of health problems from hydraulically fracturing rock a mile or so below the Earth’s surface demonstrates A) a complete lack of knowledge regarding oil and gas production, or B) baseless accusations that poison the well of public discussion.

Extremists do not like the gas and oil industry, so why can’t they be honest? Instead, they conjure up their own facts and theories out of thin air to try and impose their ideological beliefs on the rest of us. If fracking was banned tomorrow, this crowd would have another hyperbolic issue to rally around the day after tomorrow. They are entitled to their opinions, but not to their own facts. There are legitimate issues to resolve; this kind of discourse makes it all but impossible for reasonable people to negotiate sound policies.


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