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Mr. Post seems to forget that the jobs leaving our area pay anywhere from $20 to $40 per hour and up. I’d really like to see stable jobs that employ the same numbers of people in western Colorado for the same wages as well, however in reality that’s just a pipe dream. Low wage tourism, service and retirement support jobs seems to be where were headed.

Economics are one factor, but after all the environmental / energy company head butting in the press, I really can’t blame energy company CEO’s in board meetings finding reasons to leave easier to come by than reasons to stay. And with the continuing hostility growing, they will darn sure place western Colorado toward the bottom of their list when the gas market rebounds and it’s time to come back.

Meanwhile everyone will still need heat in their homes and gas in there cars. Will become easier to import it all from overseas again rather than deal with the hostile environmentalist agenda? It has to come from somewhere.

One additional comment, The so called boom and bust cycle is not the entire picture of the industry. The drilling aspect may be boom and bust, but once a well is drilled, it requires monitoring, maintenance, and occasional cleanout and repair for the life of the well. With a well life of up to to 20 years, multiplied by over 10,000 wells in the western Colorado region, that translates into good paying, long term steady work for many people.

Are they environmentalist? Those claiming to be have pushed LED light bulbs which will end up in land fills which will leach lead into our riparian systems. They fight having road access in our forest so fires cannot be contained, destroying the water shed and forests. These are just 2 items of many that represent their so called environmentalism.

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