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Communities Meet to Discuss Draft EA for August 2012 Lease Sale

March 16th, 2012

Filed under Community, News

7:00pm Thursday, March 22nd
Memorial Hall, 175 North 1st Street, Hotchkiss

The BLM has released its draft environmental assessment that recommends over 24,000 acres in the North Fork Valley for the August 9th oil and gas lease sale.

After receiving thousands of public comments from Western Slope residents, the Bureau of Land Management has released its draft environmental analysis (EA) on the August 9th oil and gas lease sale. The BLM’s Preferred Alternative includes 24,000 acres of oil and gas leasing in the North Fork Valley. The EA also includes a number of stipulations and lease notices for the various parcels proposed for leasing.

In order to provide information about the draft EA, related documents, and current public comment period, two local conservation organizations will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 22nd, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. The meeting will take place at 7PM and last for approximately an hour and a half.

The two organizations, NFRIA-WSERC Conservation Center and Citizens for a Healthy Community, will provide an overview of the draft EA, the BLM’s proposed three alternatives, and the draft Finding of No Significant Impact. Maps of the proposed alternatives will be available for review. NWCC and CHC will also offer suggestions for providing detailed, effective public comment on the EA. All are welcome to attend the meeting.

The public comment deadline for the draft EA is April 6th. The draft EA and related documents can be viewed at the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office’s August 2012 lease sale page, or downloaded at www.theconservationcenter.org.

Founded in 2010, Citizens for a Healthy Community’s mission is to protect people and their environment from irresponsible oil and gas development in the Delta County region. More information about CHC can be found at www.citizensforahealthycommunity.org.

For over 35 years, the NFRIA-WSERC Conservation Center has worked to build an aware and active community that protects, preserves and enhances our natural, human and economic environment. For NWCC information go to www.theconservationcenter.org

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