Signs, stickers, cheers and speeches proclaiming the positive effects of the oil and gas industry in Weld County filled the Exhibition Hall at the Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on Thursday.
The “Thriving Together” rally brought more than 200 people together to listen to a series of speakers from Weld County commissioners to community and industry leaders speak about the role oil and gas plays in the area. Throughout the rally, people carried signs with messages such as “oil and gas feeds my family + yours,” and “Weld County is energy proud.”
Energy Proud, along with National Association of Royalty Owners Colorado and the Colorado Farm Bureau, organized the rally to coincide with the Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force meeting taking place Thursday and today at the community center.
Rows of chairs faced a small stage with the lineup of speakers, many of whom encouraged the audience to go over to the task force meeting and speak out against new or more regulations on the oil and gas industry. The idea of the rally was to help increase public awareness of the importance of oil and gas in the area’s economy, and the importance of the task force to that economy, said Bill Jerke, who helped organize the rally through Energy Proud.
One of the last things the oil and gas industry needs is more regulation when the price of crude has been cut so much, he added.
Organizers hope bringing the rally to the meeting helps Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force members understand how important the oil and gas industry is to the economy, Jerke said.
Before the speakers finished, Weld County commissioners Barbara Kirkmeyer, Sean Conway and Mike Freeman led the audience in a chant of “save our jobs.”
This article was written by James Redmond from Greeley Tribune, Colo. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.