In a nutshell, the Routt County BOC decided to impose watering monitoring requirements as conditions of their approval for Quicksilver Resources’ permit application for an oil well on the Camilletti Ranch near Milner; their intention being to protect the 39 domestic water wells within a mile of the unincorporated town.
Imagine that – county commissioners who stand up for public health and the environment.
How dare they! says the COGCC. Less than an hour before the final hearing to approve the Quicksilver permit with requirements for water-quality monitoring, the Routt County BOC received this stern admonition from COGCC’s Acting Director Thom Kerr:
The commissioners were not swayed by letter and voted to approve the permit with conditions. Good for them. They know they’ve got a fight on their hands. But this is not defiance. Since when is standing up for public health and the environment an act of defiance? Have we really sunk so low in Colorado?
For more info on the oil & gas industry’s strategy on water quality, read the interview with Josh Fox: Gasland Director Josh Fox on His New Film, Gas Industry Lies and Government Collusion
Sure looks like the COGCC and GarCo BOC are in collusion with industry psyops.
In other news —
Official and Independent Air Monitoring in GarCo
Questions over the impact of natural gas development on air quality have been making headlines in recent months. Garfield County has its own air monitoring program, but as KDNK’s Ed Williams reports, one former gas worker thinks the systems that are in place don’t cut it. [Click on the link to listen.]
New Study: Fluids From Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into PA Drinking Water
Ok, let me get this straight, the fracking brine definitely seeps and migrates, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it contaminates drinking water …