Many spoke out against Thompson Divide leases

Editor:

I would like to say thanks to Glenwood Springs City Council for voting unanimously against drilling in the Thompson Divide area and urging the Bureau of Land Management to let the leases expire on April 1. The negative effect of huge trucks traveling through downtown Glenwood Springs, Midland Avenue and up and down Four-Mile road on a daily basis on the city’s infrastructure, recreation-based economy, and private property values cannot be overstated. There are property owners in Parachute that claim their property values have dropped as much as 75 percent after their street became a haul route.

I would also like to thank Garfield County Commissioner John Martin for speaking out on this issue in his letter to U.S. Representative Scott Tipton, urging him to support legislation protecting the Thompson Divide and paving the way for a market-based solution to be reached. Being a western man, John understands the value of the land in the Thompson Divide to ranchers and the property values of those of us who live up Four Mile.

In regard to those oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area; there is a young lawyer who works for Pitkin County who can show categorically that SG Interests has not done their “due diligence.” They were required by law to develop these leases over a specified period of time and failed to do so.

Are we as homeowners allowed skip on our mortgage payments and still keep our home? SG Interests has not “paid their bills” and should not be allowed an additional “suspension” (extension) by the BLM.

Thanks to everyone who has worked hard and spoken out on this very important local issue.

Joe Mollica
Glenwood Springs