I teach international water law and international environmental law overseas. When I come home to Colorado, I come home to a state that has more than 20 active Superfund sites, nine of which involve contaminated groundwater. The damage done to the Durango community by the Smelter Mountain disaster, which became a Superfund site, is incalculable. I would expect everyone in this county to be highly motivated to prevent any further damage of this nature.
Wyoming is experiencing publicized and tragic fracing results in Sublette County. Therefore, Commissioner Joelle Riddle's fracing vote was startling.
Then I listened to the audio recording of the minutes of the fracing discussion vote at the La Plata County commissioners meeting July 14 and heard, to my disbelief, Riddle say: "I feel extremely ignorant, so ill-suited and like this discussion is just so not appropriate for a county to be having on these technical things that I don't even know the questions to ask, and this just seems so out of my realm ... (giggle, giggle, giggle)."
Riddle did not go to Dr. Theo Colborn's lecture on fracing that more than 100 people attended at Fort Lewis College in the preceding week.
Riddle refused to meet with Colborn when Wally White tried to arrange a one-on-one meeting with him. Other meetings on this subject have been missed by Riddle, as well. "Strategic ignorance" is becoming a recognized anti-environmental tactic.
Last year, I was dismayed to find Riddle voted for gas drilling in the BLM outcropping, even though there was a moratorium on drilling, CO2 emissions in this county are known to be causing health problems, and there is a worldwide meltdown of the ice caps and glaciers caused by CO2.
There's an extra elephant in La Plata County. She's dressed in a donkey suit that needs to be decommissioned.
Christine Anderson, Vallecito