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Letter: Drilling is too close

Carol K. Abbott
Battlement Mesa

Anger is building toward our three county commissioners, whose only interest in this area is promoting gas drilling now encroaching into the community of Battlement Mesa just yards from housing developments. Also proposed are two wells right next to the golf course. No, this area is not incorporated, but we are not a few scattered ranchers. Battlement Mesa and Parachute combined make up several thousand people in close proximity.

Instead of hiding in Glenwood Springs, I suggest the commissioners face people here on our own ground.

In spite of all the cover-ups and sweet talk, we know what chemicals are in use; we know the air is not clean; and the set-backs are not far enough. When you stare at a well barricade right across the street — that is not far enough. I doubt that medical records are being kept since commissioners canceled a health impact study for this area. I doubt that doctors have been asked to track disease trends even though there is a lot of respiratory illness and what seems to be elevated cancer rates.

I need to emphasize again that many were lured here with false advertising and with no disclosure as to drilling on the part of Realtors. Misled, trapped — and so many now have upside-down mortgages. We are furious over the escalating trend for elected officials from local to federal levels to just look down their noses and ignore the people they are supposed to represent. Every decision is attached to one huge dollar sign, but homeowners here see no benefit.

As long as you don’t have to live here, drill, drill, drill.


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