Jack Hays: Setting the record straight on oil, gas


To the editor:

There's been a lot of rhetoric lately surrounding the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's efforts to re-write the rules that govern the energy industry in this state.

As one of the more than 70,000 people who work in the gas fields and will be directly impacted by these new rules, I'd like to set the record straight on one key point.

Our governor and his staff repeatedly say they want to maintain a healthy oil and gas industry in our state. But, they routinely insinuate that development of our state's vast natural gas resources is occurring while we sacrifice the very things that make Colorado special.

Frankly, that's insulting and simply not accurate.

I love Colorado. My family has been here for more than 50 years.

I care deeply about leaving behind a place where my children and my children's children can enjoy all of the great things about this state I currently enjoy.

And, I am proud to work for an industry that shares those values and has invested millions of dollars in technology to minimize its footprint and enhance protection of our air, water and wildlife.

I'd respectfully suggest that our governor and his staff learn more about what thousands of people like me throughout the state are doing to keep Colorado special, while developing the clean natural gas we all need, before they make such assumptions.

Jack Hays



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