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Pitkin commissioners ignorant about fracking

Dear Editor:

It appears that the Pitkin County commissioners don’t know what they are talking about when it comes to oil and gas development.

They recently “took a stand” and sent a letter regarding hydraulic fracturing to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. It was in regards to Gov. Hickenlooper’s proposed frac chemical disclosure rule – a good rule that has been widely embraced by the industry. Already, many companies are voluntarily disclosing chemical ingredients on fracfocus.org. This website allows you to track wells by each state. More than 1,300 wells have been identified in Colorado.

Adding to the transparency of the operators is the fact that there has never been a confirmed case of contamination by hydraulic fracturing, and it has been a time-tested process used in more than 1 million wells over 60 years. I don’t know why Pitkin County continues to fight against oil and gas development. Our operators are hard-working, good corporate citizens who help bring many jobs and revenues to the Western Slope. I guess that Pitkin must be fine with its almost 50 percent housing vacancy and declining tax revenues.

I know that we downvalley folks sure appreciate all the hard work these operators put in each day.

Berry Knoke

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