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Re: “On the county's eastern edge, a new company quietly picks up the torch on oil drilling

My first career was in the oil biz, and I started on a frac crew up in Brighton about 1975. Over the following decade I participated in thousands of frac jobs, and I can say for a fact accidents do happen. Dentists do crack teeth, pilots do run planes into the ground, cars will crash, and some children will be born damaged in some way. That doesn't mean we stop going to dentists, stop flying, stop driving, and stop procreating, does it?

Oil has been a part of the economy of the south Front Range since the 1880s. The worst environmental damage occurred in the early 1900s, when engineering was in its infancy and people weren't sure what to do with gasoline (often it was sold as a hair treatment product with disastrous results). It also bears reminding that this is Colorado, not Saudi Arabia. It requires a great deal of harsh language and engineering to squeeze a few hundred barrels of oil a day out of our wells, rather than the 60K to 100k barrels/day found elsewhere. The potential for catastrophic environmental damage is small here.

The real crime that is going unpunished and unadvertised is the depletion of our underground water reservoirs through farming. That is a catastrophe of gigantic proportions, yet it is being ignored.

Go figure.

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Posted by RWW on 01/31/2014 at 9:36 AM

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