As a frequent vacation visitor to Delta County and the North Fork Valley who comes most years to camp, visit your towns and enjoy the fresh air, water and natural beauty of your area, I have a deep interest in the outcome of the BLM land auction issue.
I applaud the people of Delta County and Paonia in particular for doing the right things. The Delta County Board of Commissioners is being encouraged to say no to the BLM plans. The Paonia trustees are drafting a letter to the BLM pointing out that letters from community groups such as Citizens for a Healthy Community, agricultural groups, the Western Slope Conservation Center and emergency responders have all been ignored. In addition to that, residents of the North Fork Valley and residents of the Roaring Fork Valley are gathering on Oct. 5 at the top of McClure Pass to have an organizing summit meeting! Impressive! I hope that stops the land auction.
There is something else important that everyone can do. You can vote in the upcoming election to protect everyone in Colorado from oil and gas encroaching on our homes, schools and hospitals. Currently fracking operations can be set up only 500 feet from an occupied building. Number 112 on the ballot if passed would require that oil and gas drilling must be at least 2,500 feet from an occupied building. This will go far to protect the oil and gas industry from drilling near our homes and communities statewide. Please vote yes on 112 to protect your families.