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Oil/gas royalties should not outweigh concerns

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Dear Editor:

A recent article in the DCI written by your very talented and gifted writer Annette Brand regarding Gunnison Energy and the BoCC necessitates a few comments.

Commissioner Suppes noted that the county receives revenue taxes and royalties from oil and gas activities and, although they are very small the overall benefit is considerable. Seems like the BoCC is still walking around on their knuckles and have not paid attention to what is happening around the county. People are turning out in numbers over tourism, agriculture and solar. People, not paid lobbyists, are showing up at meetings with real concerns about fracking, massive amounts of water being used and a two-lane highway that can't handle the amount of truck traffic Gunnison Energy proposes to use. All this is ignored because of the small amount of taxes and royalties the county gets from oil and gas?

As a laid-off coal miner, I had to adapt to a world that was not black. Coal is not coming back and the oil and gas industry cycles like the wind. The United States is now the leading producer of oil in the world. How much more drilling and fracking do we need and at what cost to the health, safety and environment of the citizens of Delta County?

In closing, to quote Bob Dylan, "The times they are a changing." I would hope our BoCC takes a long hard look at what is going on around here. The profits of oil companies and the small amount of taxes and royalties paid should not outweigh the concerns of your constituents. Listen to the people who live and work here. Listen to the people who believe Delta County can be a leader in organic farming, tourism and the solar industry.

John Forster
Hotchkiss

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