Fracking meeting

Dear Editor:

Archuleta County residents are invited to take advantage of an unusual opportunity to learn more about hydraulic fracturing — fracking — in Archuleta County on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Several people working on oil and gas production in the San Juan Basin plan to attend this public event, beginning at 6 p.m., to answer questions and discuss area fracking before and after the viewing of the hour-long film “Rooted Lands.” The film shows how Mora County in northern New Mexico has responded to fracking and covers some practices in the San Juan Basin.

This summer the Archuleta County attorney has been working on oil and gas regulations with staff, with eventual public hearings, and he and at least one commissioner will be there, as well as guests from the Chama area.

In addition to the economic benefits of oil and gas production, areas of public concern over fracking include carbon dioxide emissions, chemicals used, depth of drilling regarding water sources and possible earthquakes. The event sponsor, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Social Action Team, aims to provide balanced information to the public of such community issues.

According to, as of May 2014, Archuleta County has 87 producing oil and gas wells on file out of a total of 502 wells. A permit in the Chromo area is currently in process. This important and relevant event will occur at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Appetizers made with fresh produce from local farmers will be served.

Kay Kaylor

This story was posted on August 14, 2014.