Air-headed, knee-jerk, hand-wringing, flaming liberals such as some recent DCI letter-to-editor writers need to get off it. The new oil and gas drilling technology of directional drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing has unquestionably turned the country around as to crude oil and natural gas productive capabilities.
Predictions of numerous knowledgeable sources are that American energy independence is in the foreseeable future, probably within 10 to 15 years. It is not necessary to point out all the misinformation, being nothing else but, contained in these letters. Almost anyone who would take time to read one or all of them will not be fooled. For instance, research into fugitive emissions from natural gas wells conducted by Cornell University (John Moore's letter) has been fully and absolutely discredited by several reviewers, without any counter-arguments offered to date. And on and on it goes.
Lastly, the article in the Dec. 26 DCI on the interview of a Crawford area "rancher," Tom Stevens by name, beats the record for an all-time fictitious account of oil and gas exploration anyplace, particularly eastern Colorado. Suffice it to say that if his views on the oil and gas business ever came to pass, we'd as sure as you're born still be in the horse-and-buggy era for one thing.
John F. Austin