E-mail letters, June 11, 2010

Public input sought
on Battlement drilling

Garfield County is hosting a public meeting on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grand Valley Fire Station in Battlement Mesa. The purpose of this meeting is to update stakeholders and the general public on the progress of the Health Impact Assessment project that is being conducted in the Battlement Mesa area to assess the potential impacts of oil and gas operations on residential communities.
The public is encouraged to attend and express their concerns and provide input to the HIA team.
Battlement Mesa residents are facing unprecedented drilling activity from some 200 natural gas wells proposed within their community.  In addition to that, drilling activity continues to encroach upon the boundaries of the community at alarming rates.
The HIA project is an important new tool that is being used across the country to assess the potential impact on human health by such industrial activity. The results are intended to be used by decision makers to guide them in mitigating the impacts and hazards that may be identified.
With natural gas drilling increasing across the country, and coming closer and closer to residential communities, this is an important issue that many communities may be facing in the very near future. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the HIA process and provide your input.
Ron Galterio, Co-Chair
Battlement Concerned Citizens
Battlement Mesa

Moratorium is wrong
action on the oil spill

I see our president has declared a moratorium on offshore drilling because of the spill in the gulf. Why? It was a production platform, not a drill rig, that caused the spill.

We will now loose thousands more well-paying oilfield jobs and send billions more overseas to countries who want to bury us. Gas and heating oil prices will rise in this already bad economy. At this rate, we will never become energy self-sufficient.

Why not find out why the blow-out preventer failed and fix that problem instead of making a bad situation worse?

We have not had a spill of this magnitude offshore in over 50 years, since the union oil spill in California. If it does not happen for 50 more, we will be lucky.

Fact is, we need affordable energy. Sorry, but this looks like a knee jerk reaction by an inexperienced president.
Bob Uhl
Grand Junction


Arizona residents are tired
of illegals getting preferential treatment

In response to Ms. Devereaux’s letter to the editor, I would like to say, having lived in Airizona for almost 10 years, please stop making this something it is not!

You can put whatever spin you want on the law, but it has nothing to do with racial profiling and everything to do with illegal. The law is able to stop anyone suspected of an illegal, act no matter their race. In this case, yes, it’s people of Mexican race.

Arizona taxpayers are tired of paying for illegals coming into the country having babies and having us pay for medical care, schooling, food, etc. They bring more of their families
illegally here and then cry foul when we want them to pay the price for their behavior, not ours.

We all want it done in a humane fashion, but please stop with the twisting of the truth. When did anyone make these people come here? No one has twisted their arms to get them here, as the slaves were. This is a far cry from what happened to the people from Africa. This is simply
people being caught for an illegal behavior and unfortunately it’s Mexicans that have been doing it for many years and Arizona people are tired of paying for it.

You do not reward illegal behavior! The government does not rip families apart, as her letter said. The people coming here illegally do it to themselves.

Mexico does not allow it with people going into their country illegally. Why should we? Whose profiling now? Why do the Mexican people not do something to correct their own government instead of coming here illegally and proceed telling us we’re mistreating them.

It’s simple! They’re doing it to themselves by coming here illegally. Ms. Devereaux should tell
someone of another race or even another Mexican that went through the correct channels to do it legally and I’d bet they’d want the same. The “people” of Arizona are tired of a particular race getting preferential treatment over others.
Terrie Vandertook
Grand Junction

McInnis clearly understands
complicated energy issue

As I am sure you are aware, a government panel recently reported that between 25,000 and 30,000 barrels of oil are gushing into the Gulf of Mexico every day. The oil’s rise to the surface has been accompanied by the emergence of related issues. And while the implications of this disaster are
much less profound for Colorado than for the states bordering the spill, the discussions taking place are still extremely relevant for our great state.

Most obviously, this disaster has thrown energy policy into the limelight. Scott McInnis is a man who clearly understands the complicated nature of the energy issue. He knows that our dependence on oil is necessary in the short-term, but he also supports the development of alternative energy sources that might prove more efficient in the long-term. He has consequently pledged to support the responsible of all sources of energy, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power.

Job security in the oil and gas industry has certainly been called into question by this disaster, as well. Readers will be happy to know that job creation is Scott’s utmost priority. He knows that the pursuit of a variety of energy sources will create jobs for Coloradans. Energy development, in whatever field, will ultimately make Colorado more prosperous.

Scott McInnis is a man of action. He will strengthen both our energy policy and our economy. He is the right choice for Colorado’s next governor.
Daisy Russell
Grand Junction


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