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CMC to reconsider ‘water tower site’ for gas compressor

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The trustees of Colorado Mountain College will take another look at a site on the Spring Valley campus for a proposed natural-gas compressor station, the school’s special attorneys announced on Wednesday.

College spokeswoman Debra Crawford confirmed late Wednesday that the school’s board of trustees will meet on June 13 to talk about the water tower site proposed by SourceGas.

While plans are made for that discussion, attorneys for CMC and SourceGas are expected to file motions in the SourceGas lawsuit against the school.

The suit is meant to force the college to honor its 2011 contract and allow construction of a natural gas compressor station along a pipeline that runs under the school’s 680-acre campus property in Spring Valley, outside of Glenwood Springs.

SourceGas says the compressor is necessary to boost pressure in the line to better serve customers in Eagle County as well as in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The school’s CEO, Stan Jensen, signed a lease agreement in August 2011, permitting the project on a five-acre site located over a ridge from the campus.

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A subsequent outcry from students, faculty and neighbors of the campus prompted the trustees to reject that lease at a meeting on May 14.

The suit was filed in Garfield District Court on May 23.

At a May 25 meeting of the school’s trustees, the board was slated to discuss a second site for the compressor station on the college’s Spring Valley property, called the water tower site, but did not take the issue up publicly.

The site had earlier gotten a tentative endorsement from an advisory committee of students, faculty and neighbors.

jcolson@postindependent.com

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