Houston, We Have A Disconnect
[via Colorado Senate News]
Just so you know:
From the Denver Post:
The Post believes Ritter deserves a chance to weigh in on such a critical issue. Thus, we support the idea of a moratorium. But even if the BLM plan is held up for Ritter's review, some drilling will, and should, begin fairly soon.
That could trigger up to $1 billion as the state share of leasing payments on the land. Additionally, the state could collect $100 million or more annually for the next 20 to 30 years
From the Rocky Mountain News:
The opposition to leasing is sincere and passionate, but we think opponents overstate the downside and fail to appreciate the potential benefits. These would accrue not only to consumers of natural gas - meaning just about everyone - but more specifically to the taxpayers of this state. Penry and White's proposal highlights the boon that Roan could represent for higher education without individual taxpayers being called upon, once again, to finance the rescue operation.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel:
short of a highly unlikely act of Congress, gas drilling on the top of the Roan Plateau is all but a fait accomplii
And, finally, the Colorado Springs Gazette:
But since the West’s energy boom began, the “stunning,” “pristine,” “special,” teaming-with-fragile-flora-and-fauna Roan has taken on near-mythical status with the anti-drilling crowd, like some lost world re-discovered. . . .
No politician is stupid enough to support a blanket ban on drilling, especially when energy prices are pinching. They just oppose drilling in the “pristine,” “special,” “irreplaceable” parts of their state or congressional district, which amounts to the same thing. . . .
And with the nation facing a serious energy crunch, the no-drilling option simply doesn’t make sense.
And, then, on the other side:
Rep. Mark Udall:
"Oil shale has potential as an energy source, but Colorado’s Western Slope has had experience with a rush to development that ended up hurting our region’s economy," . . .
My amendment will slow that process down so that we can be thoughtful about oil shale development."
And Sen. Ken Salazar:
“As I have said before, the top of the Roan Plateau is one of Colorado’s special places, and I believe that this unique Colorado crown jewel should not be opened to drilling for oil and gas at this time.
That DOES make it pretty easy to see Udall and Salazar as a bit, well, extreme on this particular issue, doesn't it?
Boy, they sure would make quite a team in the Senate, dontcha think? Oy!
[cross-posted at BestDestiny]