Citizens for a Healthy Community follows up on oil/gas impact study

By Hank Lohmeyer


At the Aug. 7 meeting of the Delta County commissioners, Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC), provided a follow-up presentation to a recent CHC study on economic impacts from oil and gas development (DCI 7-19-17). He submitted a letter to the commissioners making a number of points including the following:

• County residents are being asked "to believe" in economic benefits from oil and gas development without a full public debate on whether those benefits actually do exist;

• Assertions about economic benefits from oil and gas development are "opaque";

• The CHC goal is to start a community conversation about economic impacts vs. benefits from oil and gas development.

Forkes-Gudmundson made a number of comments in specific response to criticism of the study from county officials and from oil and gas industry representatives.

In a separate item of business, county treasurer Lisa Tafoya received permission from the commissioners to write off $10,008 in uncollectible taxes owed for six mobile homes, an out-of-business pet store, and a coal mine electrical supply contractor that has also gone out of business.