A fight well fought by the county
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Thank you to the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for holding a public meeting concerning the BLM gas leases in the Thompson Divide area which are due to expire in the next few months. I feel, once again, that Pitkin County is doing all of Garfield County’s dirty work. Your diligence and commitment to protecting the quality of water, land and air is crucial. The Thompson Divide is truly a beautiful and pristine area, key to the economic viability of the our valley. Whether you are a rancher, businessperson, recreationist, hunter or general outdoor enthusiasts, the area represents why many of us chose to live here and why tourists choose to vacation here.
Pitkin County, in their fight to protect the area, serves as a model for other counties. Certainly last night, The BOCC provided the opportunity for many Pitkin and Garfield residents to voice their strong opposition to further drilling in the area and their desire to stop the BLM from extending the leases.
Of particular concern is the watershed of the Thompson Divide. I applaud Pitkin County’s efforts to highlight the threat of drilling on the water quality in the area due to unregulated fracking practices that have proven to have detrimental effects on water. There are no rules or regulation in place to protect the water from dangerous drilling practices. The science is not there. Allowing the leases to expire is the only sensible action to allow for the EPA to catch up and recover from the deregulation of the Bush /Cheney era and allow science to determine the appropriateness of further drilling.
There are three things you can do to voice your opposition to drilling in the Thompson Divide area:
• Go online to the Thompson Divide Coalition website and sign the petition to the BLM to stop the extension of the leases (http://www.savethompsondivide.org/).
• Contact your elected officials representatives Scott Tipton (225 N. 5th St., Suite 702, Grand Junction, CO, 81501 or email email@example.com), Senator Michael Bennet (1127 Sherman St., Suite 150, Denver, CO, 80203, or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and Senator Mark Udall (400 Rood Ave., Suite 215, Grand Junction, CO, 81501, or email email@example.com).
• Spread the word on social media.