Letter: Open-pit giveaway | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Open-pit giveaway

Sandy Tippett-Smith

After reading the latest action of our county commissioners, I can’t keep my opinion and actions at the state level any longer. This latest give-away to oil-gas ability to have open and unregulated pits in more remote areas is yet another slap in the face to all county residence. Yes, I know and I too benefit from the money this county receives for our giveaways to deregulation to this industry in our county.

I have been familiar with the oil shale opportunities in this county since 1971. At that time, I knew the geomorphology team from CSU who were invited to investigate both the environmental impact as well as the financial costs of extraction.

In 1976, I moved to this county and have observed the boom bust environment that has been around since the gold and silver days. I have watched uranium wastes being removed from our river valleys around Rifle and relocated yet another place still in our county.

The CSU results stated that oil shale extraction (not even mentioning fracturing) too costly both financially and environmentally. Please feel free to look into the CSU archives for the research results, titled by Dr. Schumn.

Garfield County is the Colorado River valley that feeds many states and many people. First and foremost our water should not be outsourced to oil-gas; secondly, that water needs to be clean for both plant and human life. Open pits can also put our wildlife at risk.

Are we as the residents of Garfield County really ready to accept that oil-gas is more important than our water, our air, our responsibility to human life both here and in all the place this water goes? Are we ready to accept that money and amenities are more important than our lives, our environment, our children’s future?

Shame on you, county commissioners.

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