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Dear Editor:

It's clear from his recent letter regarding the Bull Mountain oil and gas development plan that Mike Roberts desperately needs a fact checker and some remedial lessons on science and government.

For starters, the proposed fracking project he supports is actually located in Gunnison County, not Delta County. Disposal of fracking wastewater causes earthquakes and spills have contaminated Colorado's soil and water. As readers of this newspaper know, there were more than 500 oil and gas spills reported in Colorado last year. The significant risk posed by natural gas industrialization in the North Fork is real. The public has every right to ensure that private companies, such as the Texas-based SG Interests, follow the law when they seek to exploit public lands and resources.

The public also should expect its government to follow the law, so when the Bureau of Land Management fails to do so it's up to the public to hold BLM accountable. Fossil fuel extraction comes at tremendous cost to our warming planet. Public lands and resources belong to all of us; their wildlife and wild places are a legacy for our children and grandchildren. Roberts seems to believe that handing over public resources to a private Texas company in exchange for 470 temporary jobs (according to a BLM press release) is worth it. We wholeheartedly disagree.

Natalie Haines
Paonia

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