Letter: Don’t listen to the fracktivists
Last fall I was invited, as a Silt area rancher and mother, to testify in front of the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force hearings in Rifle. I was proud and honored to represent my community in supporting this crucial industry that is the backbone of our local economy.
Last month, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission met in Rifle with representatives of our local governments to discuss some upcoming rule changes and other topics. Afterward, the COGCC officials met with representatives from a handful of anti-development groups, who undoubtedly told of how they want further restrictions on the operating companies, and presented the COGCC with a laundry list of unreasonable requests for the state to come down like a hammer on the industry.
I hope that Matt Lepore and his staff at COGCC know that these radical special-interest groups do not represent the overwhelming majority of citizens in rural northwest Colorado. Most of us not only support the oil and gas industry as crucial to our economy, but recognize that the industry is doing everything in its power to be responsible and safe, while providing us with heat, electricity and scores of products we use every day. I hope the COGCC realizes that our elected officials, in particular our county commissioners in the region, are doing a fantastic job of representing the will of the people who elected them.
The COGCC will, and should, consider all opinions and concerns brought before them; but I hope they know that the vast majority of rural West Slope citizens are represented by our county commissioners, not a handful of activists advancing their own special agenda.
Silt, Piceance Energy Action Council
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