Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) has filed an appeal with the U.S. Forest Service on May 2 over the agency's decision to approve a drilling proposal for a site located in critical wildlife habitat in the Gunnison National Forest.
Last summer, SG Interests applied for a permit to drill up to five gas wells in the National Forest, near County Road 265.
CHC submitted scoping comments in August 2012, and the Western Environmental Law Center filed an appeal last week on CHC's behalf.
The central issue in the appeal is that the USFS has failed to conduct a site-specific analysis and that the agency has relied on a previously conducted, weak analysis called a categorical exclusion to approve.
According to the appeal, the use of one categorical exclusion to approve another project through a categorical exclusion, without conducting site-specific analysis, is something the Forest Service is not allowed to do.blog comments powered by Disqus