Steve Bonowski: Lakewood |

Steve Bonowski: Lakewood

I am active on the Northwest Colorado Stewardship.

A Daily Press article Dec. 2 reported that energy companies think the county’s future is bright (for energy development).

County residents might do well to ask various questions. How large will the development be and where will it be located? What is the effect of large-scale oil and gas development on other aspects of the local economy such as hunting, recreation, tourism, coal mining, etc.? How will Moffat County natural gas compete with other, perhaps cheaper, sources of natural gas in the worldwide economy? What about effects on air and water quality? And, the effect on wild horses in Sand Wash Basin and other wildlife in the county? And so on.

The Entrega pipeline was described as having several hundred workers on each of four sections for three to five months, with about 20 percent of workers coming from Colorado and Wyoming. One can wonder how many of these jobs will be available for county residents, or would the large majority of these jobs go to transient workers? The finished pipeline will have 25-30 workers. Hired in Moffat County, or brought in from elsewhere?

In numerous visits to Moffat County in the past four years, one thing I’ve learned is that county residents want a broad-based, sustainable economy. Energy development is important, but most residents seem determined that it must fit into a broader economic picture. I agree.

Steve Bonowski


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