Hall explains decision on energy job

The departing Western Slope representative for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association says it was her decision to leave that position and that she plans to continue working on promoting the industry, but in a less time-intensive way.

Kathy Hall said she’s not even leaving the association immediately and will continue to work full-time for the organization until the end of the year.

Association spokesman Nate Strauch confirmed Thursday that Hall’s resignation date is Dec. 31, and that he previously said Hall resigned of her own accord.

Hall said she has worked on contract with the oil and gas association for six years and accomplished a lot, including educational outreach, getting the industry more involved in supporting communities and nonprofits, and advocating for the industry during the state’s creation of new oil and gas rules.

But Hall said she has been working 60-hour workweeks and that she would like to have more time with her family while still being involved in the industry through her consulting firm.

“I want to be clear, I’m not going away. I’m really not. I just want to do things a little different way,” she said.

Hall previously served eight years as a Mesa County commissioner, and before that she worked as a Western Slope representative for two former U.S. senators, Bill Armstrong and Hank Brown.

Hall said her resignation has nothing to do with her appearance in a recently released documentary, “Split Estate,” which takes a critical look at the oil and gas industry in Garfield County and New Mexico.

Earlier this week, Leslie Robinson of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance speculated that Hall may have been forced from her position after being shown saying in the film that she had tasted hydraulic fracturing fluid that is used in drilling and had suffered no ill effects.

“No one in the industry has asked me to resign,” Hall said. “It has nothing to do, not anything to do with the film.”

Hall said her fracturing fluid comment was dubbed into the production.

“I didn’t say those words, but it has nothing to do with me leaving COGA,” Hall said.

“Split Estate” director Debra Anderson said Hall’s words “absolutely” were not dubbed and that to do so would be “totally impossible.”

“If we had her cooperation doing that, it would be possible, but it wouldn’t look good,” Anderson said.

Anderson added, “We asked her very straight questions about if the fracking fluids are harmful. She wasn’t led into that. She said that herself. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to ask her to say something like that because it’s such a ridiculous thing to say.”

Hall said she is in good health and that even if she had made the statement, there would be no reason for the industry to be upset, as it would help show fracturing fluids aren’t dangerous.

“Split Estate” first aired on television last weekend on Planet Green. It is scheduled to run again on the network today.


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