This is my home. I have made a choice to live in the North Fork Valley because of the rural lifestyle.
The food I eat daily is grown here, the water I drink, the air I breathe, all of these things are important to me. I choose this place to live because it is a beautiful place to live. This rural lifestyle has value to this community and oil and gas development could destroy the ability of the residents to continue on with this tradition.
The public lands that surround this valley are crucial to the health of the people who live and work here. If any part of our fresh water system is in jeopardy of being contaminated, we should look closely at the effects of what that means. The idea of exploration for oil or gas in an area that is so fragile is short-sighted.
The BLM should listen to what the people of this valley want. The BLM needs to finish the new RMP. We all live in 2013, so let's not follow an RMP that is outdated from 1989. Try to use a computer from 1989 — that is old technology.
Now look at oil and gas development and how it uses all kinds of new technologies. The issue is not just the "leases," it is what happens after the rights are sold off for oil and gas exploration. I support the North Fork Alternative Plan, because I believe it will support a healthy and prosperous community here.
I hope this letter will help bring more awareness to the importance of standing up for what is right and for people to get involved with what their future is going to look like. We do not want another Garfield County with its ancient lands destroyed. The North Fork Alternative Plan has the best interest of the health of the North Fork Valley in mind. Please support this effort by signing the statement of support at www.North