Letter: Oil and gas industry makes major contributions to the county coffers | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Oil and gas industry makes major contributions to the county coffers

The Dec. 2 Post Independent front page featured a long article about Jim and Sharill Hawkins’ objections to use of Four Mile Road by oil and gas industry trucks. The Dec. 3 Post Independent included an excellent article detailing the county commissioners’ take on use of the road.

It seems the Hawkinses don’t realize that Four Mile is a county road. It is maintained and improved with money from all Garfield County residents and not just those seeking a hunting area, ski outing or a bed and breakfast. The oil and gas industry makes major contributions to the county coffers, and that is partly the result of development of federal lands owned by citizens of the United States and state lands owned by citizens of Colorado.

Parachute and Battlement Mesa have learned through experience that the drilling and production operations are conducted in a responsible way. The impact of traffic on busy streets and roads is planned to be minimal. Drilling is currently being done just above Stone Quarry Road. The company put up huge noise barriers, and moving in equipment has been done in a responsible way. Complaints have been handled with care and corrections made.

A lot of money has been spent by the county and the oil and gas companies to develop a reasonable plan to produce gas and liquids from the area to be accessed by Four Mile. This investment must be recovered for the benefit of our county.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User