The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
September 22, 2012
There have been some interesting articles regarding oil/gas/water recently.
-- United Water and Sanitation District was approved in the early 2000's by the Elbert County BOCC, an all
Republican body. This development, while obviously unproven, is the reason we are watchful of current
events in Elbert County to create statewide authority for any Metropolitan District as Karl Nyquist proposed
in the summer of 2011. "A prominent Colorado water merchant and his associates 'looted' the assets of a
holding company so they could control the sale and delivery of water to communities across the Front
Range, according to allegations in a recently filed lawsuit in Adams County District Court."
Read the Denver Post Article: HERE
-- Recently, the BOCC voted to extend the moratorium for any new water develpments until January of 2013.
It is interesting to note that Tea Party Commissioner Schlegel voted against the extension.
-- Fracking--one of our ECOGIG members, who is a physician, sent us information she found in the American
Medical News, Sept. 3, 2012 edition. It involves a nationwide effort by doctors to fight "gag orders" involving
disclosure rules of chemicals involved in fracking.
The following excerpt from the article describes the current situation in Colorado:
"Health professionals may have access to information during health emergencies, but they must sign
confidentiality agreements after the emergency has passed. Nonemergency access requires a statement of
need and a confidentiality agreement."
Essentially, the doctor who treats a chemical incident related to fracking CANNOT share any of the
information with colleagues or researchers. If this doesn't appear to you to be a correct policy, you need to
make this known to your state representatives for legislative action.
-- Another ECOGIG member, an attorney, sent us the following information regarding the hidden costs of oil
and gas development. Form your own opinion, but make sure you read the entire article. A couple of
excerpts are below, followed by the link to the article:
"....a new report from Environment Texas questions one aspect of fracking that rarely comes under scrutiny:
its supposed economic benefit."
“Truck traffic to bring water to a single fracking site does as much damage to roads as 3.5 million cars,”
Environment Texas director Luke Metzger tells StateImpact Texas. “So as a result the state of Texas has been
forced to approve $40 million to repair roads here in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Barnett Shale region.”
Read the Article: HERE
As always, we encourage you to do your own research, come to you own conclusions and exercise your
rights to express your views wherever and whenever appropriate.
Jill and Jim Duvall
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group)
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