Email letters, August 6, 2013

Trust state’s regulations on drilling for gas and oil

The environmentalists and other special groups are trying to influence people through hearsay and fear tactics.

According to a federal study on hydraulic fracturing, there is no evidence that chemicals from the drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers.

The president’s recently elected EPA director stated, “In no case have we made a definitive determination at the fracturing process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater.”

According to a study done by Duke University, drilling fluids were injected more than 8,000 feet below the surface, but were not detected at a depth of 5,000 feet. The potentially dangerous substance stayed about a mile away from surface drinking water.

Maybe some people don’t know that Colorado has some of the most stringent safety regulations governing gas and oil drilling in the nation. Let’s trust them.

The North Fork Alternative Plan is not a plan to protect us from potential harm. It is a plan to completely shut down any possible drilling in our area. Since there are no facts to sustain this perceived harm, wouldn’t it be better to consider how drilling would provide good-paying jobs and benefit our economies?

I would like to encourage people to get the facts rather than making decisions based on fear and rumor.

GEORGIA HOPPER
Hotchkiss

Tipton asked to support Obama’s climate action plan

After more than a year of record-breaking temperatures, crippling drought and devastating wildfires and storms, calls for limits on carbon pollution from the largest sources are growing louder and more numerous.

Adding their voices this past week were four former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs who served under Republican presidents. They urged Americans of all political affiliations to rally behind President Barack Obama’s recently unveiled climate action plan, which centers on carbon pollution standards for dirty power plants – the greatest contributor to global warming in the nation. The plan also addresses the expansion of clean, renewable energy production on public lands; improvements to appliance, building and vehicle efficiency; and better equipping our communities to prepare for and respond to weather-related disaster.

It’s time for Colorado’s leaders to get serious about solving global
warming. There is too much is at stake to continue ignoring the facts.

The four former EPA administrators wrote, “When confronted by a problem, deal with it.” I ask Congressman Scott Tipton to heed their words and waste no time in committing their support to President Obama’s plan.

LINDSEY WILSON
Environment Colorado, Federal Field Organizer
Denver

West Slope has long history of drilling without adverse effects

With all the uproar about drilling around Whitewater, there were a lot of oil and gas wells put in the Grand Junction area since the ‘70s. All of them are in someone’s watershed, and we all seem to have survived.

Seems everyone wants fuel for heating and driving and power for our homes. Just don’t get it from around here?

STEVE THOMAS
Montrose

Spehar’s column shows bias of the left

Jim Spehar’s column this week is a perfect example of the bias of the left. Spehar’s definition of compromise is “you choose my way or you are biased,” as apparent in his opinion on the recent school board appointment.

It never occurs to Spehar that it would have been just as easy for Greg Mikolai or Leslie Kiesler to change their vote to a positive on one of the candidates who actually was seconded, instead of hanging up the vote in a show of left-wing partisanship.

Spehar is a hypocrite, pure and simple.

This year’s school board election is very important. Are we going to have a board that reflects the make-up of the electorate, or are the unions and the Spehars of the world going to continue to send our schools down the drain?

We know the teachers’ union will spend thousands to keep control of the board. (Why is this OK, but the chamber can not voice its opinion? A little more of the Spehar hypocrisy.) The union is also going to spend millions to jack up your taxes.

The question for the voters of Grand Junction is, “Are you going to let this happen?”

KEVIN MCCARNEY
Clifton



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