At the Aug. 7 meeting of the Delta County commissioners, Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC), provided a follow-up presentation to a recent CHC study on economic impacts from oil and gas development (DCI 7-19-17). He submitted a letter to the commissioners making a number of points including the following:
• County residents are being asked "to believe" in economic benefits from oil and gas development without a full public debate on whether those benefits actually do exist;
• Assertions about economic benefits from oil and gas development are "opaque";
• The CHC goal is to start a community conversation about economic impacts vs. benefits from oil and gas development.
Forkes-Gudmundson made a number of comments in specific response to criticism of the study from county officials and from oil and gas industry representatives.
In a separate item of business, county treasurer Lisa Tafoya received permission from the commissioners to write off $10,008 in uncollectible taxes owed for six mobile homes, an out-of-business pet store, and a coal mine electrical supply contractor that has also gone out of business.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.