Shut Down Rigs for Three Months?

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

The Division of Wildlife says Colorado Elk adapt well, but other animals like the Mule–Deer aren't as lucky when it comes to survival. That's why wildlife advocates are bumping heads with big oil and gas about new neighbors moving into the animals' habitats.

"They blanket the area and fragment their habitat," said Ken Neubecker, President of Colorado Trout Unlimited.

Neubecker says all wildlife suffers when the state doesn't keep a close eye on oil and gas development.

"There is potentential for doing serious damage to Colorado's wildlife heritage," said Neubecker.

Not to mention the impact on tourism revenue and hunting. He and other wildlife advocates wanted to send a message to gas companies with a new billboard on Highway 6 & 50.

Kathy Hall with the Western Sloper Oil and Gas Associatio, or C.O.G.A., says it's hard to tell how the new rules could impact the $25 billion industry that provides 71,000 jobs.

"It's hard to make a business plan with all of the uncertainty," said Hall.

A C.O.G.A. cost analysis of the seasonal drilling restrictions found a 20 percent decrease in drilling would cut gross product by $206 million and cut 1,782 jobs.

However, e a state analysis said the three-month restrictions are "not expected to have significant impact on economic competitiveness, job creation or state revenues."

"We will not know until the rules are applied," said Hall.

Both sides agree it's a tough balance, and hope as neighbors, oil and gas companies and wildlife, won't tip the scales.

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  • by Joe Location: GJT on Jun 10, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    We would be better off to hit the fast tracks on all of it. Get all the drilling done now as fast as possible, get the oil shale done now as fast as possible. The sooner it is done the soonwer everything will return to normal.
  • by concerned wife/mother Location: gj on Jun 10, 2008 at 08:29 AM
    If the jobs are taken for three months who is going to step in and help pay for doctors bills for the kids,car pymts. ect. Things are getting hard with the price of gas and food.Taking jobs is just making things worse if this is approved there is no point of staying here.
  • by Patrick Location: Omaha on Jun 9, 2008 at 11:21 PM
    Colorado has been our vacation for many years from Omaha. Every time we pass through the mountains and visit the rivers and creeks, my kids, wife, and I learn something new about ourselves and what God created. I too am experiencing the "inconvenience" of higher gas prices. But the number of waterfalls we saw this trip were well worth the price of gas. Parents have to make sacrifices you know. I want my kids to be breathless in awe of the majestic mountains. If it's not the price of gas, we will find something else to fret about. But if we keep our priorities straight, the right solution will come.
  • by Jon Location: GJ on Jun 9, 2008 at 05:04 PM
    and what are the people that work on those rigs or the support services for them supposed to do for those three months? I know I would be leaving the area permanantly
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