To the editor:
In my opinion, Dan Olsen's article, "Resources director calls for drilling ban," on July 6 falls short, presenting only one side of an incredibly complex issue.
Currently, the U.S. imports 61 percent of its crude oil and 15 percent of its natural gas; however, in the continental U.S., oil and natural gas development occurs on less than one percent of government-owned lands. With the country's demand for energy steadily increasing, our nation needs to make the most of the resources we have at home. This means continued responsible energy development.
Protecting our environmental resources while ensuring the nation has the energy it demands requires constructive partnerships among our industry, residents, conservationists and government in the Rockies. Residents throughout the area are and should be involved in development decisions. For instance, public hearings are held before leases are sold, and there are numerous opportunities for public input on development plans.
The oil and natural gas industry goes to great lengths to ensure a balanced approach to energy development, however, limiting energy exploration is not always the answer. With your help, our industry is confident we will be able to continue to meet the nation's energy expectations, while preserving the environment and the wildlife that call it home.
West Slope Director
Colorado Oil and Gas Association