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and make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year? Is it worth it?
But now on to the question about US. Durango, CO has just OK'd two exploratory shale drilling operations. Considering Colorado's limitation on these type of operations, it was kind of an interesting twist of fate for the industry. However, when Durangoan's read stories about North Dakota's 3.3 unemployment rate, our ears perk up to the idea of another ATV or shotgun. But are we considering the total cost of how this might impact us? Should we start the ask the same question the Chinese are asking - is it worth it?
Granted, Durango probably won't be a smog capital. But it is us citizens that ultimately decide the fate of our economy and environment. We need to make an educated choice (why I'm in favor of all water and fracking reports/analysis to be made public) about our future. The stupidity of "drill baby drill" still scares me, as the uninformed will always err on the side of their lack of education. We shouldn't be all about the industry, but we shouldn't be all about the environment either.
So which is it? Drill or Don't?