The BLM just finished accepting public comments on a draft land management plan that will determine where new oil and gas leasing can occur on almost 2 million acres of our public lands stretching from the Roaring Fork Valley to Grand Junction.
I recently submitted the following comment to the BLM, asking them to pick Alternative F for this new plan because it protects many areas from the impacts of oil and gas development:
“I am a Hispanic resident of Silt, Colo., in Garfield County. I am a parent of 4, and I would like the BLM to select Alternative F for the revised Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. I believe that if more mineral leases are granted, it will directly affect my family and me. Our family loves to spend time on public lands to go camping, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. These lands would no longer be the same if, instead of wildlife habitat and nature, there were oil and gas wells and other development associated with mineral extraction.”
I hope the BLM will listen to all the members of our community who are asking for public lands to be protected.