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My point stands that this "intrusive government" you talk about only exists in your own head. Mr. Lindsey of Quicksilver says he welcomes regulation and that it actually "helps" his business, not hurts it as you seem to portray. So, keep believing the multimillion dollar lobbying companies and paid hacks at the trade groups. I'll believe the guys who actually work in the industry here in the Yampa Valley.
From the wall street journal:
"According to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday, the U.S. sent abroad 753.4 million barrels of everything from gasoline to jet fuel in the first nine months of this year, while it imported 689.4 million barrels."
So, maybe China and Canada should be complaining about that "intrusive government" that you've invented, since they're the ones that are buying our petroleum products. Again, global market...
As of 2011, the US actually is a net exporter of refined petroleum products. Drilling in Routt or Moffat Counties will have zero effect on those prices you cite. But, it would be nice. Maybe you should start a home refinery and see if you can out compete the global oil market...
Oh, and the US gets a vast majority of its crude imports from those "hostile regimes" in Canada (scary!) and Mexico (boo!). Again, nice try. Hope that kool-aid you're drinking tastes like fracking fluid.
Wow, more grandstanding and strawmen arguments from this editorial board. Not only does Mr. Jacobsen and the rest of the board show some ignorance about how oil and gas development actually occurs, but it seems they don't even read their sister publication The Steamboat Pilot. From last week:
Steve Lindsey, senior director of governmental affairs and community relations for Quicksilver Resources, which has drilled one well in western Routt County and is pursuing several more, told the group that strong regulations are in his company’s best interests.
“Our desire is to have as robust a set of regulatory (provisions) as we can because it helps us as an operator,” Lindsey said.
Not exactly "second thoughts"...
Moffat County's highest paid employee (Comstock) and his cohort at the "museum" should each lease beneath their private homes first, then talk about leasing off our county's valuable fairgrounds, parks, etc.
This guy is hilarious. He scapegoats "rising taxes" and "tough economic times" on the fact that he was delinquent in paying $11K in taxes? Nice try. You can't blame everything on our President, try taking some responsibility for your own actions.
What a bunch of crybabies. The richest industry in the world, and by far the most heavily subsidized by US taxpayers, asking for handouts and whining about regulations. These guys ought to focus on drilling the millions of acres they already have access to before driving around in a bus on a National Whining Tour asking for more. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
90% open to oil and gas? How is this plan "balanced"? Fuzzy math.
cue the crickets from the industry mouthpieces including our "esteemed" County Commissioners and staff.
So, they are open to Wilderness designations as long as all the lands in the County that qualify for wilderness are "released" or not protected? More fuzzy math from the old boys network....
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