'It's hard to keep fighting'

  • MAKING A DENT: Janey Hines above a well in western Colo.

    Christopher Tomlinson
 

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

Janey Hines runs the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance in Parachute, Colo.:

"We have no idea how many wells will be here, or how many roads, because the oil and gas companies are not required to make a plan. Maybe it seems silly to ask for some projection, but for every other land use we have a process. Developers have to say, "OK, folks, if you're concerned about this subdivision or this golf course we're building in the future, come to this meeting." There is no other example that I know of where there is such major land use with so little accountability.

"It's hard to keep fighting, it's way hard. It takes everything to run this cause. But I think with the 20-acre application, a lot more people are concerned. People stop me in the grocery store and ask me questions. Sometimes it helps to just realize there's another layer of support out there.

"I'm not discouraged. It's just like, golly, this is so incredible that it's so hard for anyone to make a dent. It'll come around, I'm sure, in the long run, but the damage by then might be so great that we'll say, "Wow, I wish we could have done something earlier."

"We live with this every day. We're not going away - we have no choice."

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