In response to the drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Congress is preparing to pass the Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act, H.R. 3534, known as the CLEAR Act. Unfortunately the onshore-drilling part of the act is currently in danger of being left out of the act. If kept in, it will be to the benefit of Colorado’s natural environment.
Among the benefits of CLEAR are: Mandatory best management practices (safe drilling); elimination of categorical exclusions (loopholes that allow drilling companies to ignore environmental regulations, which has been a problem with BLM’s regulation of drilling on the Roan Plateau); several important protections for taxpayers so that we don’t have to help pay for cleaning up spills and other accidents; protection of critical wildlife habitat; disclosure of chemicals used in drilling (so water users will know what to test for).
Full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is also part of the act. Money for this fund comes from offshore drilling and has been of benefit to Colorado’s public lands, but Congress has not always maintained the fund.
Passage of CLEAR, and especially restoration of the onshore provisions, will help Colorado protect its environment. As of this writing, Congressman John Salazar has not endorsed CLEAR. The legislation is said to be on a fast track, so if you care about this, please let him and our other members of Congress know about it soon.
JOHN TRAMMELL Grand Junction
GJPD deserves praise for handling cold case
This is in response to the front-page, July 19 article, “Victim sues GJPD/Mesa County for alleged rape”:
We, as a community, are deeply saddened this happened. There are two tragedies here: the young woman and the officer who took his own life.
While I don’t condone what the officer did, I do want to address how the Grand Junction Police Department has been perceived lately. My experience with this department has been a very positive one. Let me explain:
Two and a half years ago, I received a call from Commander Greg Assenmacher saying the department had been given permission to open one of the homicide cold cases here in Grand Junction and Mesa County. There was sufficient DNA left and, in his opinion, it was worth another look. So after poring through a lot of paper work (case files), he contacted possible living next of kin of the victims. So the journey looking back began. This homicide happened some 34 years ago. It has been a very long walk.
The victims, by the way, were my first-born daughter and grandchild of 5 years old.
I have nothing but praise for the Grand Junction Police Department. Those I met were all seasoned career officers of the law. One man very important to our case was retired. My family and myself were treated with the greatest of respect and compassion by all we came in contact with. An arrest was made and we are now awaiting trial.
Please accept my thanks to the entire staff at the Grand Junction Police Department, its auxiliary personnel and the District Attorney’s office for their care and concern for my entire family.
BARBARA E. RIPPY
Global warmists want us to bet all on limited data
All the global warming scientists have going for them is melting ice and a rising temperature trend. As those who have invested in the stock market have found out the hard way, all trends change up and down and there’s no way to predict what they will do tomorrow, a year or 10 years from now.
Race horses are also picked by past performance records and, as we all know, no matter how many scientific charts are made, and how much effort is put into figuring out all 24 measurable variables, the odds-on favorite still only wins a third of the time.
What it all comes down to is global- warming scientists expect us to bet our lifestyle on only two conventional measurable variables (melting ice and a rising temperature trend). All the other data is theoretical.
No thanks. If I bet on anything, it’ll be the Yankees. If I lose, it’s only 10 bucks.
RICHARD L STOVER Grand Junction