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There is the issue on the east side of town as well. We have a right turn only lane that goes into the Shell/Central Park businesses. It is not clear to those that are only driving through Steamboat that this is a right turn only lane and merging or turning is required. Cars "stuck" in the right lane accelerate and frequently merge from the shoulder after the right lane has ended while at a 45 MPH zone. I am waiting for the perfect scenario where a car turning left from Shell onto highway 40, a merging car going east, and a cyclist all converge at the same time. It is not uncommon to have to simply stop on my bike and wait for the traffic to pass as I fear I will get rear ended. It sounds to me like there are issues on both ends of town where two lanes become one.
Thanks for the notice of the petition. For those of us that think that it is a mistake to treat corporations as individuals and the ability to contribute unlimited funds anonymously into our political system is wrong, please sign the petition. I don't know anyone personally that doesn't think the Supreme Court's decision was anything less than mind blowing.
I had lunch with my daughter at Strawberry Park yesterday. Fresh salad and fruit that every child put on their plate. It is great to see that my daughter loves to eat salad and fresh fruit for lunch. Good health and nutrition is a state mind that should be taught at schools and obviously at home... just my opinion.
I'm very sorry to read of the loss of Sparky. I can think of many occasions of laughing out loud at him. He had a great sense of humor and I'm sure a great family man.
Liz, I met a geologist that works for the oil and gas industry and they pretty much said the opposite to your facts. So back to 1999's comments, "the facts are in the eye of the beholder".
A "close to zero" perspective seems dangerous. That is what they said about deep water drilling and the controls that were suposedly in place. Money drives the regulation, money will be the demise of clean water, and peace and quiet. If I were a home owner near Saddle Mountain Ranchettes, I wouldn't be very thrilled about the drilling that may happen in my back yard... http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2011/sep/12/drilling-permit-sought-saddle-mountain-routt-count/
Here is what I think is an objective article... others may disagree. It is from February of 2011 and I think the photo is taken from I-70 near Rifle.
Lizard, in answer to your question... is there any industry that can do what the oil and gas industry is doing and not have to report what they are putting into the ground? Have you been to the Milner dump and read what you have to sign when you are dumping? Do you know what you have to do if you spill oil off your boat in the ocean?
It was said to me that there will be spills and accidents; you are after all, drilling through ground water on the way... The EPA does not regulate this industry as I understand it. I don't think approval should be allowed until there is more research and disclosure, which I think is on the way. Until then... they are blowing and goin'. I believe there is more to lose than to gain, but then again, I am blessed to have a good job and it is not an entirely fair statement to those that need to put food on the table.
We all have a great deal to gain or lose with the potential increase in drilling. I read the county regulations and we, Routt County, are ahead of the curve. Water and air quality tests before and after drilling are required. Water quality has to be tested within a two mile area (if I remember correctly). That being said, I have a brother that does PR for a mining company and a sister does writes for a water works trade journal. I also spoke to a geologist that works for oil and gas companies. The common take away I see is that the oil and gas industry does not have to be held to the same standard as all other companies. Why do the oil and gas companies not have to disclose the chemicals they are using? Why is Hydraulic Fracturing exempt from the disclosures Safe Drinking Water Act? There is a ton of really good information out there. Look at the county regulations; look at the articles that are published in main stream media. I believe that the information available will lead people to logical conclusions. I also realize that there is a lot of emotion behind many opinions.
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