Thompson Divide rally Saturday
October 5, 2011
As I look at the golden hills to the west of my home in Carbondale, so beautiful at this time of year, I’m reminded of the lyrics of that old Joni Mitchell song, “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone/They pave paradise, put up a parking lot.”
Those hills are part of the Thompson Divide, a bit of paradise in our backyard, and they’re under an imminent threat of being developed for natural gas. A Texas company, SG Interests, has applied to “unitize” 32,000 acres in the heart of the Thompson Divide, effectively signalling that it intends to drill.
This Saturday morning, Oct. 8, there will be a rally at the Third Street Center to show that our community is unified for a drill-rig-free Thompson Divide. It will be a family-friendly event, and everyone is invited to come and express their support with positive signs and statements.
We’ll be gathering starting at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and we’ll try to be done in time for the tapping of the Oktoberfest kegs at 11.
Let’s turn out in big numbers and demonstrate that we value the Thompson Divide just as it is, as an undeveloped haven for recreation, wildlife and clean water and air – and we want to keep our valley just as it is, free of industrial energy development and all the impacts that would come with that.
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