May 9, 2010 9:39 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Colorado's long-term effects from Gulf oil spill

Seafood and gas prices may be the immediate impact Coloradans will see from the oil spill in the Gulf.  Some scientists say Coloradans should be concerned with the long-term effects.

"Even if we don't see a spike in prices for gas in Colorado, what we may see is increasing pressure to drill more in Colorado," says David Havlick, assistant professor of geography & environmental studies at UCCS.

The thought of increased drilling in Colorado sends off alarms, especially along the Western Slope, should the government decide to back down from the promise of more offshore drilling.

"Colorado and places like Colorado become more the focus of attention of: ‘Why not drill here?'" says Havlick.

Havlick says Colorado should look at how the social, environmental, and economic impacts are linked together, and how they come back to us.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is also taking a lot of heat for this oil spill disaster.  He's been known to criticize the government being lax on oil companies.  Last year, the Interior Department, under his watch, approved an existing lease to BP to continue offshore drilling without doing an Environmental Impact Study.



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