Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Garfield County commissioners choose industry over people

Bill Grant
June 28, 2011

In 2008, Judy Jordan, Garfield County liaison officer for oil and gas, was asked by ProPublica what she thought of their theory that “natural faults and fractures exist in underground formations in Colorado and that it may be possible for contaminants to travel through them.”

Jordan answered, “It challenges the view that natural gas … is isolated from water supplies by its extreme depth. It is highly unlikely that methane would have migrated through natural faults and fractures and coincidentally arrived in domestic wells at the same time oil and gas development started,
after having been down there … for over 65 billion years.”

These words may not have been responsible for the Garfield County Commissioners’ decision to fire Jordan, but they illustrate the kind of common sense, straight talk she brought to her job as county liaison with oil and gas companies operating in the county....continued...