After the first presentation by Jim Ramey of Citizens For a Healthy Community and others speaking on behalf of the North Fork Valley Alternative Plan for the Bureau of Land Management's Resource Management Plan, Crawford town clerk Jackie Savage had strong reservations about the letter of support as written.
At the July 3 Crawford Town Council meeting she gave copies to the board of trustees of a revised letter of support, which, if the town council approves at the July 17 council session, would support the alternative plan.
The revised letter of support written by Ramey states that the Town of Crawford is encouraging the BLM to recognize the many important and existing uses of public land in the area. "We encourage the BLM to find a responsible, common sense approach to oil and gas development .... With this perspective in mind, the Town of Crawford is writing to express our support for the North Fork alternative plan, and in particular those aspects of the plan that would impact resources important to the Town."
The highest priority is for the town to provide "clean and safe drinking water to town residents." There are public lands "near and intertwined with our drinking water supply and delivery system."
The Town of Crawford uses a BLM right of way for access to the town's wastewater treatment plant and additionally a collection main bordering BLM land.
The letter states, "Contamination of the Town's drinking water supply or damage to its delivery system cannot be allowed to occur," and, "It is vitally important to the future of the town that our ability to maintain and continue wastewater treatment at this facility is not impeded by oil and gas activity."
The July 3 council meeting was recessed until July 17 to be able to take votes on several matters, including the support letter and the 2012 audit. Jim Ramey is expected to attend.blog comments powered by Disqus