State officials mull BLM well oversight

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Apparently it did not ‘go far beyond’ hence a judge decided otherwise.

As a citizen, I would like to know that high risk wells are being inspected. As an informed citizen, I also know that the COGCC isn’t going to get a lot of new money to pay for increased inspection levels because of state budget constraints. Matt Lepore was being diplomatic when he said that they had plenty to do. He is right they have a lot to do, and not enough inspectors with which to do it.

I’m not surprised that David Ludlam says that environmental reviews are a waste of taxpayer’s money. The industry has been trying to avoid anyone looking too closely at their environmental impacts for a long time. They are their own worst enemy. It is because of their disdain for environmentalists that they have lost the confidence of a lot of Coloradans, especially Moms on the front range who are worried about the development of their children’s lungs while breathing the air on the Front Range, which has been “enhanced” by increased drilling. The people on the Western Slope deserve to have their concerns about air and water quality taken seriously, which is what a judge did in ordering the environmental reviews on the White River National Forest and the Roan Plateau. Evidently the judge thought the BLM reviews did not go far enough to meet what was legally required of the agency. Personally, I’ll trust a judge’s decision about what is legally required over the paid spokesperson of the industry, who is a PR guy, not an attorney.



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