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Tug of War - Drilling benefits debated at hearing

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By Martin Salazar

On one side were area ranchers, business owners and even county officials from other parts of the state urging San Miguel County not to slam the door on an industry that could bring much-needed jobs to the area and bolster the economy.

On the other side were school children, environmentalists and longtime area residents urging the county not to risk the area’s scarce water supply and way of life for short-term economic gain.


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