Too many eggs in energy basket 
for local economic development?

“There are as many opinions as there are experts.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt I don’t profess to be an expert at anything. Some have heard me talk about the three…




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Jim, it is a question worth answering. Strong economies are diverse economies. We should be growing local businesses and recruiting businesses that give us employment out side of the boom and bust cycle of extractive industries. We need diversity, not more oil and gas.

There are numerous opportunities in the Grand Valley for business to prosper.  The expansion of West Star could be huge in that it will make it easier for transport than our current air service.  Plenty of space to build, remodel, resources for support, and community support for well run businesses.

We should have learned long ago the oil and gas business will run in cycles and always break our hearts.  The issue now will be environmental impact and water supplies.

Great point Jim, hope you have some readers and listeners.

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