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A proven record

Dear Editor:

It came out at a debate last week in Glenwood Springs that State Rep. Al White (R-Hayden) sponsored legislation last year to reduce government oversight of the wastewater ponds that are used to keep poisons and waste from gas drilling from polluting our water supply.

White has also come out strongly against Amendment 58, which, if passed, would end a decades-old tax subsidy for energy companies. Even though Colorado would continue to have one of the lowest severance tax rates in the nation, at just 5 percent, White is against 58.

White suggested this week that the energy industry would be willing to negotiate a new rate with the state, but first we must vote Amendment 58 down. He must be really cozy with the likes of Encana, Williams, Chevron and Shell to be so sure that they’d be willing to raise their own taxes.

Al White has been in the state Legislature for eight years, during the entire energy boom. Why hasn’t he attempted to renegotiate severance taxes before now?

White wants to deregulate wastewater management in the gas fields and continue tax breaks for massive out-of-state corporations like Chevron and Exxon. And now he wants to represent in the state Senate those of us whom are most impacted by the energy boom. Our communities and our environment can’t afford that kind of “leadership.”

Vote Ken Brenner for state Senate. He’s a lifelong resident who has 10 years of experience in local government in Steamboat Springs and Routt County and a proven record of balancing development with environmental protection.

Ken Brenner is the right man at the right time for northwestern Colorado.

Allyn Harvey


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