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Save Thompson Divide

Dear Editor:

The most encouraging news that came out of the Thompson Divide meeting held in Carbondale this past Thursday night was that several other communities in other states were successful in protecting their landscapes and wilderness areas from gas drilling. Is it impossible to stop gas drilling? No! But we need your help.

The Thompson Creek Coalition was formed to prevent oil and gas development in the Thompson Divide area (200,000-plus acres), including the Thompson and Four-mile Creek watersheds, Muddy Basin, Coal Basin and the headwaters of East Divide Creek. The Thompson Creek Coalition, on their website, savethompsondivide.org, so aptly state: “This landscape is our home – it’s the backyard that we play in, the skyline of our sunsets, the forest that filters our air and provides habitat for the wildlife we coexist with. It’s the headwaters of several watersheds that supply the clean water we drink and use for agriculture. And it’s the direct source of the livelihood of most of the ranching families in our area, and indirectly sustains the economies and well-being of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Redstone and other communities.”

We were informed during the meeting that there is enough gas in this area to power all of the United States’ vehicles for 34 hours. That’s right, just 34 hours! And for 34 hours, they will threaten the water, lands, forests and wildlife in the Thompson Divide area and spoil our view planes. Anyone who has driven the I-70 corridor west of Glenwood Springs knows what is in store for us if we do not act now. You do not witness the true destruction of land these gas companies cause unless you visit the area or view it from the air. I always looked forward to the drive to Grand Junction for the scenery it provided. Not so much anymore.

Please visit savethompsondivide.org and get involved by writing your congressman and senators at their addresses listed on the site.

Richard T. Walker

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