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Letter: Vote for Sullivan

Voting for Michael Sullivan makes sense to me after reading Monday’s Post Independent articles titled “Oil and Gas conversation” and “How Colorado came to a fracking compromise.” My wife and I attended Saturday’s “Oil & Gas conversation” forum finding it both informative and constructive. There are several take-aways for me.

First it is vital to have local stakeholders sitting at the proverbial table when discussing mineral extraction and its consequences. Secondly, it is just as vital that these same participants approach that table with civility and respect for one another. It is a must to hold local discussions for stakeholders because as several of the presenters on Saturday’s panel pointed out, every health concern, every well and well pad, every mineral company, and every location is unique and will present unique problems. The “Colorado compromise” article tells me that when stakeholders sit down together in a civil and informed environment compromise can be reached.

My concern is that all three current commissioners seem content to pass the buck and allow for Garfield County concerns to be heard only in Denver through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Many acquaintances tell me that this board is not balanced, I don’t have any personal knowledge of that. What I do know is it is not local and no county resident sits at that table. Our commissioners have turned down the idea of having local discussions, deferring local folks to the COGCC.

A vote for Michael Sullivan brings a thoughtful, reasoned, and fresh view to Garfield County dialogs. It helps all of us in the county move toward more open and balanced decisions. More voices at the table.

Bob Shivley

chair, Garfield Country Democrats

Silt


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