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Time to stand up for Thompson Divide

Dear Editor:

This is a call to arms to all people of the Roaring Fork Valley as well as Silt and all the other communities that surround Thompson Divide.

Sen. Michael Bennet has drafted a bill to prevent any further oil and gas leasing of the Thompson Divide, which is the largely natural backcountry area that lies between Carbondale, Glenwood, Silt and McClure Pass. He’s asking for public input, and already he’s getting pressure from industry.

Robbie Guinn, of SG Interests, which wants to drill the heart of Thompson Divide, was quoted as saying, “I think it’s another perfect example of the current administration promoting job-killing legislation.”

That is wrong on so many levels.

Bennet isn’t the administration – he’s a member of Congress, and this isn’t a partisan issue. The senator is acting on behalf of the vast majority of his constituents who don’t want Thompson Divide to be drilled and who know that we’ll have more jobs – and better, more sustainable jobs – by keeping Thompson Divide as is.

In fact, there’s near-unanimity on this. I’ve never seen an issue that has such agreement – upvalley, downvalley, Republicans, Democrats, ranchers, businesses, homeowners, recreationalists.

We all stand together, the entire community of people whose fate is tied to that of Thompson Divide. If the area is allowed to be drilled, our economy, our livelihoods, our environment and our way of life will be destroyed. Only a few companies stand to benefit, and they would take their profits to Houston and Denver.

It’s time to take a stand. It starts with telling Bennet we support his bill and we want him to introduce it and champion it in Congress. To do that, go to http://www.bennet.senate.gov/

thompsondivide. Do it right now!

After that, contact the Thompson Divide Coalition (www.save

thompsondivide.org) to find out how to get more involved. Because even as Bennet floats his bill, companies like SG are preparing to stake out roads and well pads in Thompson Divide. The threat is serious and imminent.

This is not a time for complacency. It’s time to get organized, to rally our friends and neighbors, to create a popular movement and build political strength. I don’t want to demonize the companies for doing what they feel they have to do. But this is our home, and we’re going to do what we have to do to protect it.

Dave Reed


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