January 16th, 2012 by Submitted
Citizens for a Healthy Community is holding a public hearing on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed August 2012, 30,000-acre oil and gas lease sale in the North Fork Valley. The hearing will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hotchkiss High School. State Senator Gail Schwartz will conduct the hearing.
On Monday, December 12, 2011, twenty representatives from Citizens for a Healthy Community, NFRIA/WSERC Conservation Center, High Country Citizens Alliance, Western Colorado Congress, Valley Organic Growers Association, and Black Canyon Land Trust had a conference call with Barbara Sharrow, Manager of the Uncompaghre Field Office of the BLM to discuss the proposed 30,000-acre lease sale. In this call, we asked Ms. Sharrow to hold a public hearing in the North Fork Valley to provide citizens the opportunity to express their concerns regarding the proposal. Ms. Sharrow stated BLM would not hold a public hearing.
Citizens for a Healthy Community believes the size and scope of the proposed lease sale make it imperative that the public is given the opportunity to express their concerns at a public hearing. Therefore, we have scheduled the January 28 hearing. The goal of this hearing is to record public comments to submit to the BLM.
Along with our partners, Citizens for a Healthy Community has held community meetings on the proposed lease sale in Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia. More than 1,000 citizens attended these three meetings, demonstrating that this is a very important issue to North Fork Valley residents.
Come hear citizens of the North Fork Valley express their concerns over BLM’s proposed oil and gas lease sale.
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