BLM delays oil drilling near Whitewater over truck route

A project to drill for oil near Whitewater that was planned to begin this winter won’t move forward until June at the earliest, company officials said. The delay is the result of a…


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Gary are you aware that one of our County Commissioners lives on “C” Road?  Who lives on B Road?  The issue is not just the traffic of heavy trucks, but the air pollution.  The Citizens for Clean Air have had public comment on the Whitewater issue, as drilling has proven to be an agricultural destroyer.  The OZONE produced by oil and gas drilling and production severely reduces agricultural output.  Commissioner Aquafresca stated that agriculture in the Grand Valley is reaching the $100 million dollar mark annually.  Why would we want a fly-by-night driller put that at risk?  Will the taxes received from the drillers off-set the decrease in agricultural output?  I have not seen a cost benefit analysis from the driller or the County.  How are these decisions being made?  Someone enlighten me…I would especially like to hear from a Palisade or Orchard Mesa Orchardist/Farmer/Rancher.

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