Letter: Nasty attacks on Tipton
There have been several recent opinion pieces in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent from local and national members of the “Opposition Industry” regarding Rep. Scott Tipton and his position on oil and gas in the Thompson Divide area. Based on my personal experience working in the oil and gas industry, I have coined the term “Opposition Industry” as a way to describe those who ignore facts while espousing their opposition.
It’s hard to imagine someone even signing their name to such nasty and misinformed accusations directed at an elected official. The conversation related to SG’s development of our Thompson Divide area leases needs to move away from these types of ignorant and partisan political positions. I hope that by addressing some of the misinformation in these opinion pieces, the repulsive rhetoric will end.
These attacks center around Tipton’s support for a lease exchange proposed by SG Interests. It is important to understand how and why the lease exchange was proposed. SG proposed the exchange in response to the Opposition Industry’s calls for a solution to oil and gas development in the Thompson Divide area.
Sen. Bennet, former Sen. Udall, Gov. Hickenlooper and the Pitkin County commissioners also called for a solution to the Thompson Divide. SG Interests proposed a solution to a problem identified and defined by those opposing development. These same groups, politicians and entities have not put forward an alternate viable solution. The only solutions they have offered require that SG relinquish its leases for little or no consideration.
SG gets nothing for free in the proposed exchange. The value of the leases SG would get in the legislative exchange must equal the value of the leases SG is proposing to give up. The federal government would determine those values based on an objective analysis of the resource. If SG had its way, we would develop the leases we currently own rather than spend time and money attempting an exchange through federal legislation.
As a reward for SG making a good faith effort to solve the Thompson Divide area “problem,” and in appreciation for Rep. Tipton agreeing to support the exchange, the Opposition Industry goes on the attack and makes ridiculous claims.
Operations and land manager
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