In response to the letter written by John Austin in the July 31 edition: I am in complete agreement with him.
The environmentalists and other special groups are trying to influence people through hearsay and fear tactics.
According to a federal study on hydraulic fracturing there is no evidence that chemicals from the drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers.
The president's recently elected EPA director stated, "In no case have we made a definitive determination that the fracking process has caused chemicals to enter ground water."
According to a study done by Duke University, drilling fluids were injected more than 8,000 feet below the surface, but were not detected at a depth of 5,000 feet. The potentially dangerous substance stayed about a mile away from surface drinking water.
Maybe some people don't know that Colorado has some of the most stringent safety regulations governing gas and oil drilling in the United States. Let's trust them.
The North Fork Alternative Plan is not a plan to protect us from potential harm, it is a plan to completely shut down any possible drilling in our area. Since there are no facts to sustain this perceived harm, wouldn't it be better to consider how drilling would provide good paying jobs and benefit our economies?
I would like to encourage people to get the facts rather than make decisions based on fear and rumor.