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Paradise lost

Dear Editor:

Imagine it. Next time you’re driving or riding your bike up Four Mile, imagine how different it will be when gas development begins in the Thompson Divide area. Imagine grinding uphill behind an 18-wheel tanker. Imagine trying to pull onto Four Mile Road into a river of truck traffic. (According to a Utah Department of Transportation study, it takes 375 to 1,375 truck trips to complete one well.) Imagine trying to keep your bike tire on the pavement as an 18-wheeler roars down the road, crossing into the oncoming lane to give you a few more inches.

This is not the distant future or a worst-case scenario. This will be our reality in a few short months. Right now, SG Interests is staking well-pad locations on its leases, which will be accessed via Four Mile Road.

There is so little time left. The Thompson Divide Coalition has been quietly engaged in a David vs. Goliath effort to preserve the Thompson Divide and our way of life up Four Mile and in the Roaring Fork Valley. But it’s time for us to get behind the coalition with our energy, our money and, most importantly, our voices. The gas industry and our elected representatives need to know that the community overwhelmingly supports the coalition’s efforts. Please, do whatever you can to help the coalition preserve the Thompson Divide. Find out how you can help at http://www.savethompsondivide.org, and become engaged before it’s too late.

There are many reasons to avoid gas development in Thompson Divide – preserving the Four Mile Corridor is one of them.

Jeff Houpt

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