"It's hypocritical to say, 'Well, our community doesn't want to be participating in the development of the resources we use everyday and that somebody else's community ought to be producing that energy,'" said Stan Dempsey, president of the Colorado Petroleum Association.
Less than a decade ago, an oil and gas boom in Colorado started to fire up... and with it came strong opinions on all sides. One of the first major controversies was over the Roan Plateau, a sweeping mesa in Garfield County. The discord centered on a Congressional mandate to drill-- and worries that doing so would destroy world class hunting and fishing, and the local economy. Colorado’s governor and two senators weighed in, and the Rifle area was featured in the documentary GasLand.