Printed Letters: May 4, 2014

Banning fracking will slice vital jobs, revenue in state
There seems to be a number of misguided Coloradans who mistakenly believe that banning fracking would produce some kind of tangible benefit for our state. Some also claim that while a permanent ban may not be tenable, we should at least ban it for five years or so in order to study the effects of this process – despite the fact that fracking’s effects are already well-documented. 

What neither of these schools of thought seem to recognize, however, is that either option would leave our state and local communities in a terrible economic situation.

Researchers at the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder have actually studied both scenarios, and their recently released study, “Hydraulic Fracturing Ban — The Economic Impact of a Statewide Fracking Ban in Colorado,” shows devastating effects for our state. The study predicted that a statewide ban on fracking would eliminate an estimated 68,000 Colorado jobs and $567 million in yearly tax revenue in the first five years. It went on to show that over 25 years, we would lose 93,000 jobs, $985 million in yearly tax revenue, $316 billion in GDP and $6,000 in annual income for a family of four.

The researchers at CU Boulder went on to conclude that industries outside of oil and gas would be hit hard as well, particularly the fields of real estate, construction and retail.

While those pushing for a ban on fracking may be able to afford the severe economic fallout that would assuredly ensue, the vast majority of Colorado’s workers and families know they cannot. It certainly doesn’t seem responsible or equitable to subject a majority of our state’s citizens to the whims and fancies of misguided extremists.

DENNIS WHITE
Grand Junction

Coloradans must understand dire effects of anti-fracking bill
People of Colorado, please do your research and please take an educated stance on anti-fracking measures. Rep. Jared Wright might be for this, but as a Colorado resident, I will stand firmly against it with J.J. Fletcher, a candidate for House District 54.

Do you understand the process of fracking and the procedures? Start there. Then think about how this will affect our economy.

The lies and the stories that are being bought and sold by anti-fracking groups are unfounded. Ask a roughneck. Almost everyone in this valley knows someone who works in the oil and gas field. The standards for environmental safety in Colorado are incredibly high. I can’t urge you enough to talk with people who do this for a living and to understand how the process works. This bill could literally ruin thousands of families.

Colorado would lose over 60,000 jobs in the first five years and then up to 90,000 jobs after that. How is this going to help our economy? Where are these men and women going to get jobs? How will they support their families? Whether you are for fracking or not, this is not the answer. The Western Slope economy is still very fragile. This could ruin us.

Also, if you enjoy driving your car, heating your house, having hot water, storing your food in plastic containers or even drinking a bottle of water, you are consuming (in some fashion) oil or gas. Do you realize that the bottled water industry in America alone uses around 67 million barrels of crude oil a year?  If Colorado citizens are so worried about our environment, why don’t we change what we consume?

I will stand against this bill.

BRANDY BOGGESS
Grand Junction


Article on PERA appreciated, as plan does help taxpayers
I was pleased to see the article about PERA in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel. As a PERA retiree, I spend my income and pay taxes right here in Grand Junction. Now that I have some free time, I try to help my community by volunteering.

I agree with Walker Stapleton who said it is “great for taxpayers” because the public does not have to pay for my retirement.

I put money into PERA when I was working, as did my employer.  PERA then invested that money wisely, so I can now have an income to live on in my senior years.

CATHY LEGGERO
Grand Junction


Prinster thanks Palisade voters and urges citizens to help out
To the citizens of the town of Palisade, I want to thank each and every one of you who voted for me in this past election and for putting your trust in me once again. To those of you who did not vote for me, I will try my very best to earn the trust which you obviously do not have in me for one reason or another.

I have and will continue to always put the town of Palisade and its citizens’ interests at the top of my list of priorities. With your help, we can make this a better place to live, to enjoy life, to have top-notch recreational venues and to make Palisade a place each and every one of us can be proud to call our home.

Our heritage is extremely important to us, and we do strive to keep that at the top of our list of what is expected to continue.

We need your help with all we try to accomplish. Without your help, there is always a question of “Are we doing the best we can for Palisade?” Come to the meetings. Be a part of what we are trying to do. Let your voice be heard. Help us help you — the citizens of Palisade.

PENNY PRINSTER
Palisade


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Would someone please give me a link to this proposed ban on fracking? The closest thing that I’ve seen is an initiative that would allow communities to decide what happens in their community. Given the current leadership in Mesa County, you can rest assured that no community in Mesa County would decide to ban fracking.

There is no bill banning fracking in Colorado nor any ballot measures that would do such

Speaking of fracking, The Daily Sentinel has conspicuously omitted coverage of a recent landmark court ruling in which a Texas ranching family won a $2.95 million civil judgement against Aruba Petroleum for ruining their health by fracking around their home. Evidence presented in the case drew a clear line from drilling and fracking operations within 2 miles of their home to the onset of severe illnesses in an otherwise heathy mother, father and 6 year old, to the point where their family physician said they had to move out of their home or risk death. The mother was found to have 20 constituents of petroleum in her bloodstream. She developed constant nausea and open sores so severe she had to go to the ER, where they had to pack her body in ice to relieve her pain. The six year old got severe nosebleeds in her sleep and repeatedly woke up in pools of blood. The husband started losing his memory:

Family wins landmark $2.95 million ruling against fracking company for ruining their health
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/25/justice/texas-family-wins-fracking-lawsuit/

Texas family plagued with ailments gets $3M in 1st-of-its-kind fracking judgment
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/25/justice/texas-family-wins-fracking-lawsuit/

Dallas Jury Awards Family $2.95M in Barnett Fracking Lawsuit
http://www.naturalgasintel.com/articles/98145-dallas-jury-awards-family-295m-in-barnett-fracking-lawsuit

The verdict and award have been covered by news outlets around the world, but not in the Daily Sentinel. Why not? This is so important to our area and people should be informed about it.

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