Plane Flight Gives New Perspective To Environmental Issues

For twenty years Bruce Gordon has been flying the west showing first–hand the effects man has on the environment, and Tuesday he made a stop in Grand Junction with a group of high school students getting an aerial view of the oil and gas industry.

Ecoflight takes high school and college students on sight–seeing trips that also offer the chance to talk to scientist and environmentalists around the west. One student says the flights are an eye-opener, showing the cumulative effect oil and gas exploration, mining, and forestry practices have on the environment of the West.

Tuesday morning the students flew over the Western Slope to learn about the controversies surrounding the Roan Plateau and the Grand Valley's watersheds on the Grand Mesa, and also had an on-the-ground talk from environmentalist Matt Sura on local environmental issues.