Letter: No special treatment for SG Interests
March 11, 2014
I would like to say thanks to the Glenwood Springs City Council for unanimously voting against drilling in the Thompson Divide area and urging the Bureau of Land Management to let the leases expire on April 1. The negative effect of huge trucks traveling through downtown Glenwood Springs, on Midland Avenue and up and down Four Mile Road on a daily basis on the city's infrastructure, recreation-based economy and private-property values cannot be overstated. There are property owners in Parachute who claim their property values have dropped as much as 75 percent after their street became a haul route.
I also would like to thank Garfield County Commissioner John Martin for speaking out on this issue in his letter to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, urging him to support legislation protecting Thompson Divide and paving the way for a market-based solution to be reached. Being a Western man, John understands the value of the land in Thompson Divide to ranchers and the property values to those of us who live up Four Mile Road.
In regard to those oil-and-gas leases in the Thompson Divide area, there is a young lawyer who works for Pitkin County who can show categorically that SG Interests has not done its "due diligence." It was required by law to develop these leases over a specified period of time and failed to do so.
Are we as homeowners allowed to skip on our mortgage payments and still keep our homes? SG Interests has not paid its bills and should not be allowed an additional "suspension" (extension) by the Bureau of Land Management.
Thanks for listening, and thanks to everyone who has worked hard and spoken out on this very important local issue.