Tom and Sue Beachman: Tell the whole story

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To the editor:

Last week, you covered Moffat County Commissioners Tom Gray and Tom Mathers’ visit to Pinedale, Wyo.

In this article, neither commissioner mentioned any of the problems facing Sublette County in dealing with the massive increase in oil and gas development.

Actually, you quote Tom Gray as saying, “Everything has really done well.”

This stands in stark contrast to an HBO television special aired last week titled, “Gas Land.”

In the documentary, ranchers in Sublette County talk about their contaminated wells and air after hydraulic fracturing was implemented on their land. Now, these unfortunate people have poisonous glycol ethers in their well water. After endlessly denying responsibility for the tainted wells, the drill company furnished one rancher with a reverse osmosis water-filtering system. This lasted only months as the toxic ethers ate through the membrane of the filter.

Now, they have to truck in water to operate their cattle business.

Along with this hydraulic fracturing technology come venting condensate tanks and evaporation sprayers that release toxic gasses like benzene and high concentrations of ozone into the air people breathe. People who live on the land, the ranchers, are getting sick. The gas and oil industry answers their complaints by denying any culpability.

Our commissioners talked to one commissioner in Sublette County and that is enough to confirm their belief that regulation and oversight in Wyoming is just fine, and continue to believe that Colorado is overregulated.

This concerns me.

I encourage residents of Moffat County go to their computers and search “Jonah gas fields” in Wyoming and see if this is their vision for Moffat County.

Tom and Sue Beachman

Comments

onewhocares 4 years, 4 months ago

I forwarded an article to commissioner Audrey Danner months ago, about a town in Colorado where the resident's water wells were destroyed by oil drilling nearby - causing gross contamination, and the water in their sinks actually igniting into flames.

Both Commissioner Gray & Mathers are blinded by greed and show utter disregard for anybody's property or quality of life...(exhibited by their selling of oil leases in our only recreational county park right next to the river).

I agree we desperately need a new industry in Craig, but we need one that does not compromise the residents health or property or create gross huge environmental problems down the road. It's bad & dangerous enough we have the huge uranium tailing pile 5 miles east of Maybell, with winds that blow this direction making me wonder if that is the cause for so much leukemia and cancer in this town..

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onewhocares 4 years, 4 months ago

What about the wind turbine industry that is growing on the front range?

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Colette Erickson 4 years, 4 months ago

Excellent letter and great informational reference/link. It used to be gorgeous around Pinedale, now, not so much. Please do not let the money-grubbing, and apparently intentionally obtuse, county commisioners ruin this area, as well.

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rainwings 4 years, 4 months ago

I too recently saw this Gasland HBO Documentary and was alarmed about how ignorant and uninformed I was about the whole situation. I agree with Sue and Tom and encourage all commissioners and residents to end their ignorance, as I have, and research the currant Oil and Gas situation in our area.

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