U.S. Representative John Salazar, (D) Colorado, returned from Washington D.C. to hear residents' concerns about the effect of the energy boom on Garfield County in Rifle, Friday. With Congress in summer recess, the first–term representative is makeing a three–day swing through Western Colorado.
Salazar started the trip through the region at a meeting in Rifle's Town Hall. The city's hearing room was packed with elected officials from Garfield County, as well as Parachute, Silt and Rifle. Also on hand were representatives of energy companies, as well as local citizens.
With Garfield County in the middle of what looks like a boom in the gas industry, and an increasing interest in an oil–shale revival, local officials have come together to form a unified voice to ensure their concerns will be heard, but they say it's only because of an agreement with the Secretary of the Interior that they have a voice in their future. Salazar also discussed the recently passed energy bill.
Later on the second day of Salazar's tour he appeared in Cedaredge, Montrose and Ophir. Thursday, he toured the Mahogany Oil Shale Project and met with Meeker ranchers.
Saturday, Salazar will walk in the Olathe Sweet Corn parade and open the Sweet Corn Festival ceremonies. Those events start at 9:00 a.m.
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