Letter: Ren, BLM to discuss oil and gas lease sale, EA
BLM to discuss oil and gas lease sale, EA
BLM’s plan to lease 40,000+ acres of land in Grand County for oil and gas exploration is highly concerning and has the potential for very negative impacts on the local economy and the quality of life of all residents. A large share of Grand County’s economy depends directly or indirectly on tourism and recreation. Some of the proposed leases are close to popular recreation areas (Troublesome, Willow Creek Reservoir, Lake Granby, etc.). If the beauty of our landscape is spoiled, people will no longer come here and support local businesses. Oil and gas exploration in general and fracking in particular use a lot of water. Most of the water in the Fraser and Colorado River is already owned by someone. So where is the water going to come from? Will it be trucked in? Will US Highway 40, US Highway 34 and Highway 125 become congested with fuel trucks carrying water in and out? The water used for fracking is heavily laced with chemicals. One common way of waste water disposal is to push it underground. This method is known to cause earthquakes (the most serious example so far was a 5.6 magnitude earthquake 5.6 in Oklahoma). Ground and surface water contamination are serious concerns. Some of the proposed lots are less than four miles from Grand Lake, one is butting the Willow Creek Reservoir, one is right at Ninemile Creek, one mile to the YMCA of the Rockies; some are very close to the water intake of Hot Sulfur Springs. The chemicals used in Hydraulic fracking are bad for health. Twenty chemicals used in fracking were found in the blood stream of local people. Pregnant women living within 10 miles of fracked wells have higher chance to have babies with defects. Various studies show that people living close to fracked wells have higher cancer rates and higher cardiovascular hospitalization rate. I want to thank our County Commissioners for having sent their objection letter to BLM in Sept. Also thanks to Sky-Hi News for keeping reporting on this matter. It is important to let the BLM know that this is a bad idea. Everyone can do so by sending a comment to email@example.com. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 12.
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