Tom and Sue Beachman: Tell the whole story
July 7, 2010
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.
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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