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Don't let oil/gas fall to the same fate as logging

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Dear Editor:

I thought the quarter page letter in the Sept. 12 paper was more comical than factual. Those people will think up so many things to stop progress in our country as possible.

Let's first go back 20 or 25 years when we had a booming logging industry. We had a plant in Olathe and one in Montrose that processed the timber into lumber, etc. The loggers were thinning our forests and piling the trash to burn in the winter. Our forests were clean and huge fires were rare. Then along came the tree huggers and radical environmentalists, who almost got our logging business stopped, putting hundreds out of work and closing both plants. The blowdown of thousands of acres of trees near Craig needed cleaned out but the same people got it stopped so the trees were left to rot all these years, when they could have built hundreds of houses or supplied pulp for the papers. I understand they all burned this summer.

When the beetles started killing the trees around Vail, nothing was done like taking out the dead or dying trees before it spread and thanks to the same people, the beetles have destroyed many of our forests.

Now the funny (or odd) pair of Ms. Whoolilurie's letter. She came here nine years ago because of clean air and water. She didn't complain about anything till now. She wasn't aware that wells had been up above Paonia for 20 or 25 years before she got here and had never contaminated the air or water. Now all of a sudden the county is going to be polluted by wells. The animals will die and traffic will be impossible and we won't have any more wildlife. She wants to have the commissioners stop the drilling clear up above the Paonia dam. Does she not know the Delta County line is a mile or more southwest of Somerset and the commissioners have no authority in Gunnison County?

If drilling is stopped, hundreds of people lose jobs and the county loses millions over the years from those wells. The same thing that happened with logging might at some point happen to gas production because of those people.

John A. Hotchkiss

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