Printed letters, April 14, 2011

The Daily Sentinel’s April 12 editorial highlighting a major move forward on calming the controversies involving divulging the ingredients of the fracking fluids used by the oil and gas industry is welcome news. However, there remains work to be done to make solving the issue complete.

The industry claims that there is no proof that fracking fluids have polluted any water source, ever. Now that we hope all in the industry will divulge the ingredients in the fluid they use, it follows that all water sources in the vicinity of proposed drilling be tested for their chemical content as a baseline before drilling commences. The testing should be done by a neutral party and paid for by the drilling company.

That will complete the circle necessary to prove or disprove any claims of pollution after drilling starts. Everybody will know where the pollution came from if, indeed, pollution has taken place. If the industry is right, it may prove that the contents of the water supply already contained the elements claimed to have polluted the water and they were not caused by fracking of wells in the vicinity. On the other hand, it may prove that pollution does, in fact, takes place in particular water supplies.

Everybody needs to know conclusively whether fracking can pollute the water we drink. We need the energy available under our land through careful drilling operations but we need clean water worse. We can have both with close monitoring of existing water supplies and fracking fluids. We don’t need all the inconclusive energy companies versus the public angry accusations that, till now, have taken place.

JOHN BORGEN

Grand Junction

Enviros and Democrats, responsible for gas prices

With the price of gas soaring and the cost of living going up right along with it, let’s be sure we name the people primarily responsible for creating this situation.

The radical environmental movement, working hand-in-hand with the Democratic Party for many years, has effectively banned most new domestic oil production.

Using illegal moratoriums, questionable land designations, innumerable lawsuits and regulatory hurdles, these two powerful groups have made it impossible for this country to increase any significant portion of our own oil needs.

While you struggle to make ends meet, and you have to cancel the family vacation, remember who created this mess.

DAVID FOSTER

Grand Junction

Letter writer misguided about message of Jesus

I was saddened by Timothy King’s muddled distillation of the Christian gospel in his letter to the editor published April 7.

Misguided, apparently, by a need to disparage all Christian fundamentalists by likening them to Islamic extremists, King stated that “Jesus offended the religious leadership of his day, not because he went around burning copies of the Hebrew scriptures, but because he came to eradicate the national, racial, cultural and gender distinctions that incited hostility among people.”

Certainly, the first part of King’s statement is true. Jesus did not incite the anger of the religionists of his day by burning copies of the Hebrew scriptures. In fact, he incited their anger by proclaiming the truth of the scriptures.

The rest of King’s statement, however, is dangerously misleading. There is no ambiguity in the Bible when it comes to the reason for the coming of Jesus into the world. Jesus came, and gave his life as a sacrifice on the cross, for the purpose of saving all those who believe in him from their sin.

There are many wonderful results of Christ’s work, including equal standing before God among all believers, but the purpose of his mission is singular. “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance,” the apostle Paul wrote, “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”

King seems to have forgotten the most important part of the good news.

VAUGHN PARK Grand Junction


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