Printed letters, Nov. 17, 2010

I would like to protest Antero’s request to increase the well density from 160 acres to 10 acres on Silt Mesa. So close to homes and schools? It is just incomprehensible to me.

I live in a subdivision with 87 homes. We now have a gas rig on the hill right behind my house. It was a complete surprise to everyone — no notice from Antero or the town of Silt.

Recently, the compressors were heard throughout the neighborhood. Then the fumes came, along with the black smoke. Our neighbors were as alarmed as we were and afraid to take their child outside to play. Where we once had the best views in the neighborhood, we now have a gas rig.

How is this going to affect our health, along with the value of our home? Who in their right mind would buy a house so close to a well? Ironically, the town of Silt has an ordinance where no wood-burning fireplaces are allowed due to air pollution.

Garfield County has a detrimental history of gas drilling. Contaminated wells, people forced from their homes due to health reasons, the cavalier attitude from the gas companies. Why are we letting this happen in such a densely populated area? How are we to feel safe for our future after seeing the existing sterile conditions where drilling has already taken place?

Is this what the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Garfield County are willing to let happen to this beautiful valley? Isn’t the purpose of the government to protect the safety and well-being of its citizens?

JANEAN ENSIGN NUTTER

Silt

Don’t be overly offended by Hick’s comments

Yes, Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper may have inappropriately labeled rural Coloradans as backward-thinking. But, after reading Gary Taylor’s reasoning in demanding an apology from Hickenlooper in the Nov. 10 letters to the editor, it is clear there are those in Colorado, maybe in particular the rural element of the population Taylor claims to represent, who just don’t think, backward or forward.

Rural Coloradans are involved in the production of oil, gas and coal. A small percentage of them actually produce food we eat, the wool we wear or beef we consume. So what does that mean?

It boils down to the fact those urban folks — whom Taylor believes should be beholden to him and other rural Coloradans — purchase products,  energy and goods. Many of those purchases do come from rural communities. If a rural producer is efficient and a good business person, he or she should benefit financially from those purchases made by the loathsome liberal urbanites.

Without consumers (e.g. urban left-wing liberals), rural conservatives would have fewer markets and consumers to sell their products to. Our country is founded on freedom, but it runs on capitalism. Urbanites consume, rural producers provide the resources or products and all sides can prosper.

Before we in western Colorado become overly offended by a comment that we may be backward-thinking, we might need to think first. Put all the pieces together before segregating our society by where we live. I suggest we all try to look at the bigger picture before we narrow our minds.

GARY SHELLHORN Montrose

Applebee’s offered great welcome to area veterans

We had the privilege of taking my father, a World War II Veteran, out to eat on Veterans Day. We saw the ad inviting him to a dinner at Applebee’s.

From the moment we arrived we were greeted by the nicest people, seeking to make the evening a great one for our veteran and many other veterans who came out to enjoy the free evening meal. We especially enjoyed the young women who came and performed the Star Spangled Banner. It brought everyone to their feet and a tear to our eyes.

I have the unique privilege of working with veterans daily, and I so appreciated the fine hospitality I saw my father and many other veterans receive this Veterans Day at Applebee’s. Thank you for stepping forward with so many other fine establishments to provide a wonderful experience.

GLENDA BENNETT

Grand Junction

Oil shale research center is needed in the West

Thanks to The Daily Sentinel for recent articles and commentaries on oil shale. I continue to believe that development of a viable oil shale industry is critical to my grandchildren’s future.

The Department of Interior approach is ineffective. An academically based research facility would produce the desired results: efficiency, environmental acceptability and profitability.

I am a longtime advocate of such a center based at a Colorado, Utah, Nevada or Montana minerals school. Support by such groups as RAND or NETL would encourage objective, peer- reviewed data and conclusions.

I received a copy of the Spring 2010 edition of “Life in Estonia” magazine. Estonia has been a producer of energy from oil shale for decades. Key points noted in the article that support my request for a U.S. research center are:

✓ A long relationship between industry and academia.

✓ Development of specialized co-products from shale oil that significantly increase profitability;

✓ A keen sensitivity to “green” considerations.

ROBERT LOUCKS

Grand Junction



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