This letter is a comment on the story Gubernatorial hopefuls spar" (Herald, Feb. 11) in which Republican Scott McInnis
is quoted as saying: We will rewrite the oil and gas regulations in the state of Colorado. You will have a governor
that understands mining."
The story continued, saying The rules took Colorado from the best place to drill for gas and oil to 'rock bottom,'
This is the person who wants to be Colorado's governor. It appears that McInnis does not accept as valuable or valid
the results of a long-overdue, two-year collaborative, inclusive effort to rewrite and adopt regulations that hold the
gas industry accountable for its impacts on wildlife, air, land, water and communities. He does not accept analysis
from the industry itself that it is not regulation but rather the price of gas, the glut of gas, pipeline capacity and
the unwillingness of lending institutions to lend money for drilling that caused the drilling downturn.
He does not accept that Colorado, even with this level of regulation, has fared better than its neighbors, without this
level of regulation, in this recent downturn. He does not accept the truth but rather persists in creating
What he does accept is a version of the reality that makes a mockery of the truth. Listen to the campaign rhetoric to
learn how a candidate will govern. This is what the person who wants to be Colorado's governor offers the residents of
Josh Joswick, Bayfield