This past week Western Colorado Congress took several individuals, members of the community and media to the skies to survey the proposed land for the Fram Whitewater oil development project. I find it ironic that a group which continually protests and tries to block responsible oil and gas development projects in our region hopped in an airplane and burned 100 gallons of gas in an effort to battle yet another economic driver in our area.
The Fram project is expected to produce 8.7 million barrels of oil in the next two decades and produce more than 70 jobs in a depressed economic market. WCC continues to call foul on this project, claiming their first concern is its closeness to the Grand Junction watershed, despite the fact Fram has removed all drilling locations from the watershed area. During a recent television interview about the Fram project a WCC spokeswoman claimed their group is not an anti-oil and gas group. Really? They consistently team up with the Sierra Club and groups like them. They have an entire section on their website title "Gasfield Justice" and just last year they created a map which they refer to as the "Oil and Gas Threat Map." If they're a friend to the industry, I'd hate to see what an enemy looks like! No matter where oil and gas development goes, their minds seem to be made up -- they want to keep it in the ground. Their recent eco flyover was nothing short of an ironic publicity stunt to call attention to the project ahead of the BLM public commenting deadline.
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.