|Farmers Union Writes to Congressman Tipton|
|Bill Midcap | 2/14/12|
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|Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) responded to the Rep. Doug Lamborn’s PIONEER Act by writing Rep. Scott Tipton, who represents the Western Slope, asking that he reconsider his opposition to an amendment requiring more study before we charge into another round of oil shale speculation. |
“Rep. Lamborn’s bill has been lambasted in his own local newspaper,” said RMFU President Kent Peppler, “in an op-ed that calls the PIONEER Act ‘more reminiscent of robber barons than families in covered wagons.’ We hope that Rep. Tipton will join in colleagues in amending the bill to require more study. Oil shale has been consuming money and resources for almost a century on the strength of more and more unfulfilled promises. This is no time for a fossil fuel panic attack that results in a land and water grab with the potential to damage our healthy agricultural economy.”
In the letter to Tipton, Peppler stated that “Oil shale development is not ready for prime time,” and asked him to “please reconsider your green light vote and protect the livelihood of your rural constituents.”
RMFU also send a message of support to Rep. Grace Napolitano for her efforts to add to the details of the bill a requirement that the U.S. Geological Survey study of potential impact of oil shale development on water.
The nonprofit Rocky Mountain Farmers Union today will run a series of full-page advertisements in eight western Colorado newspaper outlets over the next few days expressing the continued concerns of the organization’s farming and ranching membership about fast tracking water-intensive commercial oil shale development. The advertisement expresses disappointment with U.S. Representative Scott opposition to the study proposed by Rep. Napolitano.
The ad says: “Oil shale is not ready for harvest... While oil companies have failed to produce commercial oil shale for 100 years, Colorado’s farmers and ranchers have been producing beef, fruit, vegetables, alfalfa, and other goods that sustain our state and our nation. Rep. Tipton: Reconsider your opposition to studying the risks to our water before rushing forward with oil shale speculation.”
RMFU has endorsed the Interior Department’s draft oil shale plan, released earlier this month for public input, which allows private companies to conduct oil shale research, not commercial development, on public lands.
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