'We need that gas'

  • Ken Wonstolen

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Note: This article is a sidebar to one of this issue's feature stories, "Colliding forces."

Ken Wonstolen of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, in his own words, says that Colorado is an energy-dependent state, and the methane gas it produces is greatly needed.

"We live in an energy-dependent state. Unless we're willing to give up flipping a switch and having the power come on, turning a dial and having the house warm up, and going outside and starting our cars, then there's an element of hypocrisy to those who say they don't want methane development. The public interest is having enough energy to sustain our economy and our standard of living.

"The thing is we need that gas. There is not as much oil left to find in the United States and we're moving away from coal. The gas demand is projected to grow 50 percent over the next 10 years in Colorado.

"Colorado is number six in the country for gas production and the statute still obligates us to fully develop the resource. People have different agendas and they try to ignore the law.

"Directional drilling is always going to increase the cost substantially - as much as 20 to 30 percent. If you make it too expensive, it's the same thing as saying you can't drill at all."

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