Readers weigh in on the state's fracking debate

Readers weigh in on the state's fracking debate

"Frack Attack!," Alan Prendergast, July 10

What the Frack?

Another excellent story by Alan Prendergast. Thank you for injecting some sanity into the hysterical — on all sides — discussion of fracking in Colorado.
Jules Baer

I wanted to thank you very much for Alan Prendergast's informative article on fracking. I was so pleased to learn that he had done his homework — quoting the number of active wells to be 52,000 instead of the tired old 50,000 figure, as well as the fact there are only seventeen inspectors at COGCC. Also quoting studies that have been done, as well as "outing" some of the oil-and-gas untruths.

I live in Aurora, and I have learned that Conoco Phillips applications have skyrocketed in Aurora, much to my dismay.

Thanks again for really getting a handle on what's going on, and reporting it in an unbiased manner. Bet Alan Prendergast isn't the oil and gas industry favorite, but I can tell you that my friends, neighbors and family are grateful that he has reported the latest fracking news and hope he continues to do so.
Pat Dunn

Now that you have clearly taken one side, I'd suggest that you follow up with the rebuttal, Truthland, a film. Josh Fox is a charlatan who is easily discredited in this movie.

I agree that we should have safe fracking — no issue there. But until the left-wingers come up with a better and economically feasible plan to provide energy to this nation, I'd be careful about banning fracking. Otherwise, we'll all be huddled around an open fire to stay warm and using candles for lighting.

One other issue that bothers me concerning fracking is water usage. Clearly there is a lot used, but compared to some other uses that include non-essentials like watering golf courses around the country, the fracking water usage is minimal.
John W. Warner

I am nothing short of completely disappointed with "Frack Attack!," published in one of my lifetime-favorite publications, Westword.

Yes, I do work in the oil and gas industry. But, wait: Before you make the typical impulsive judgments that I am an extremely conservative Republican who works for "Big (Bad) Oil" with no concern for the environment, let me tell you a little bit about myself. Born in 1980, I am a Colorado native and resident, a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Colorado property owner. I cherish this state and all of the natural beauty that it embodies, and would never encourage an activity that could potentially harm Colorado's environment or the people within it. Before entering the oil industry, with my middle-of-the-road political stance and longstanding very pro-environmental views (I am an accredited LEED-certified associate), I engaged in detailed due diligence to understand and get a moral comfort level associated with the financial, political and environmental implications associated with this industry that is so often referred to in a derogatory way.

Fracking has made its way into the spotlight in the last several years (even though it has been used safely in drilling practices since the 1940s) as a result of the well-done publicity staging by Josh Fox, producer of Gasland. This documentary gained momentum and attention like wildfire, especially from those who are quick to blame corporate America for the hardships endured by middle America. The opinions and "facts" conveyed in this documentary have since been disproven by many credible sources, and are effectively explained and blatantly revealed in the answer to Gasland, the documentary Fracknation, which I encourage everyone to see before they make an impetuous and emotional decision about this controversial issue. Why believe Fracknation over Gasland? I'm even asking for that: I'm asking that the general public, and the media sources that provide information for the general public, give unbiased perspectives that reasonably tell every side of the story.

It's unfortunate that Westword felt comfortable telling just one side of this story. I encourage everyone to be sure to properly educate themselves about this issue before making a decision. Not discussed are the extremely detrimental economic consequences if impulsive (and uneducated) votes effectively make Colorado a non-fracking state. Similar to Detroit and its dependence on the auto industry, nearly half of the businesses in Colorado are directly or indirectly impacted by a single industry — in our case, oil and gas. Be sure you are ready to swallow the fact that this decision, which would cripple the industry in our state, will also literally cripple our economy. Significantly less tax revenues, immediate loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, and property values that have been soaring will alternatively completely crash. I am terrified to see just how bad it could get and the ultimate exodus this decision would invoke.

Clearly, I have a strong point of view about this issue. I deal with negative cogitations associated with my chosen career and industry on a regular basis and feel like I am defending myself constantly. It reminds me of traveling to foreign countries and being asked where I am from, and, as soon as I say the USA, feeling immediately obligated to explain myself and why we are not all bad people, as our reputation often depicts us to be in the world. Yes, I work in the oil and gas industry, and no, I am not a bad person who engages in or condones harmful treatment to our environment.

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