Living just a few miles south of Durango, I often see deer and elk grazing within a few feet of gas well heads and, in deep snow, use the freshly plowed oil companies' roads. So why are some saying that gas and oil wells are endangering our wild animals and birds, both migratory and local?
Wild animals and birds are clever survivors and rapidly learn to adapt to our ever-changing environment, whether natural or human-induced.
I was told by a college business professor that the easiest way to obtain free federal and state money is to use the "fear factor," like the Department of Transportation saying "The bridges are falling" or the Department of Education saying "There's not enough teachers" or the Division of Wildlife saying "It's threatening wildlife."
It seems those who insist that gas and oil wells endanger wildlife are either falsely informed, threatened by job security working for the state and federal government or threatened by a loss of their clever "not-for-profit" business status.
The only threat to the survival of La Plata's deer and elk is lack of pasture or excessive amounts of predators, like pumas, wolves, domestic dogs and human hunters. Unfortunately, all these predators are "protected" by their own nonprofit associations who are trying to survive for their own personal agenda against that oil well head.
If you are one who drives your Subaru to buy food, have children in local schools, have a 401(k) retirement plan, wants the United States to be energy independent, wants property taxes low and your county roads repaired, why are you biting the hand that feeds you and all La Plata County residents as these benefits are paid in great part by that green gas wellhead?
If you want to be a survivor, then why not fly like an eagle or graze like a deer? They are not the threatened ones.