Activists in Rifle make feelings known on energy’s ‘West Slope Way’ [subscribers only]
… Officials from several Western Slope counties spoke of the use of energy master plans, advisory boards, local government designees, conflict-resolution organizations, educational efforts like rig tours and other means to address concerns arising related to oil and gas development.
It’s an approach that the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association touted in a white paper released Wednesday as being the “West Slope Way,” and an approach supporters believe should be tried before more regulations are imposed on the industry …
… More than 300 people on Wednesday attended a separate rally involving West Slope COGA and area government and community officials to tout the “Western Slope Way” concept and warn against unnecessary new regulations. Representatives with Mesa, Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties, Club 20, the Grand Junction and Rifle chambers of commerce and others spoke in support of the concept …
Just one question. If everything is so hunky dory, then why in the world do the oil & gas supporters in the photo above look so mad? First of all, they got paid to be there. Plus they have everything they want — more gas wells, more jobs, more socks and underwear at Walmart — you name it. The oil & gas industry rules western Colorado like the mafia. That’s their “Western Slope Way.” COGA’s Tish Schuller can’t possibly be frowning at the remote prospect of more regulations. New regulations won’t make any difference. The state doesn’t enforce the rules and regulations already on the books.
And another thing. Where is this Western Slope Way “white paper”? I can’t find it anywhere.
There was a “discussion of human health and public safety” on the agenda for Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. Apparently it was canceled in favor of breaking up into small groups and discussing priorities. Which tells you something about the task force priorities. Human health and public safety? Not exactly big priorities.
If you were unable to attend the meeting or listen to the livestream — John Martin put me right to sleep — you didn’t miss much other than an oil & gas pep rally.
These articles sum it up –