Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor – May 29, 2014
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Legal notice mistakes lead to problems
Periodically, the wrong legal notice for Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission hearings on some applications is published on both the COGCC website and in newspapers. When notified of this problem, the COGCC explains it as a simple clerical error, given the volume of applications they process, which are usually received from the energy company attorneys.
What this wrong legal can do is deprive individuals of the chance to intervene and attend a hearing that was scheduled to be in their area, because, once it’s discovered, it usually has to be re-advertised and re-scheduled, probably in another remote location, since hearings are rotated around the state.
Upon scanning the COGCC website for relevant hearing notices, viewers are lulled into a false sense of security when the wrong county is listed on the main hearing chart. The correct legal may be buried in the application, which then has to be viewed separately, something viewers probably wouldn’t do if they don’t see their county listed. Get the picture? Or when the wrong legal is published in the paper, most people would dismiss it as not relevant to their area. For example, none of Garfield County is in T7N (Township Seven North) like the hearing advertised on May 21 with a protest date of June 2. (That gives roughly seven business days to respond, with a major holiday in between.
Some would say all of this is more than a clerical error as some energy companies have perfected the art of smoke and mirrors, and what better way to lessen intervention than to hide the pertinent notification by mislabeling it? Or maybe it’s just a simple “cut & paste” error, right?
Honoring volunteers on Senior Corps Week and Older Americans Month
This week, High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) honors the powerful impact of senior volunteers and encourages more Americans 55+ to serve their communities.
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over, and in Garfield County alone, over 200 senior volunteers contributed 30,000 hours of service. Every day, these amazing volunteers give of their time and experience to mentor youth; help care for abandoned pets; serve meals to seniors; deliver Meals on Wheels; help seniors, the disabled and low income persons prepare federal and state income taxes; help seniors with their Medicare questions; help seniors and the disabled with minor home repairs; stock shelves at local food banks and libraries; and assist at local museums and health care facilities. Thank you RSVP volunteers for all the ways you connect and contribute to our communities.
RSVP has been serving Garfield County residents since 1973 and has been a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College since 1978. For more information about High Country RSVP and how you can volunteer, call 947-8462.
Program director, High Country RSVP
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