FRIDAY'S D3 DAILY ACTION: Comment today to protect Grand Junction's watershed

This  proposal to drill 108 oil wells in Grand Junction watershed too risky. 

The revised project threatens water and air quality, send your comments to BLM by August 28th!

In late June, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its long-awaited revised Environmental Assessment on a proposal to drill 108 oil wells in the Grand Junction watershed outside of Whitewater.

Western Colorado Congress, a western slope environmental group's staff and leaders have finished their analysis of the new document and their concerns about threats to drinking water, air quality and overall quality of life for residents of the Grand Valley remain.

The revised E.A. does have a lot of new text in the document, but fundamentally, the project has changed very little from when we challenged it in 2014. Although no drilling will be occurring directly in the hydrologic watershed that feeds Grand Junction’s reservoirs, oil drilling pads and access roads are proposed in areas with springs and streams that supply critical water to local ranchers as well as supplemental drinking water to the city.

Working with landowners impacted by oil and gas development, there is no 100% safe drilling project. Accidents happen, spills and leaks occur, trucks overturn and toxic chemicals can end up in water supplies. We believe the risks of this proposal are too great to our most precious resource in the Valley: water.

This project must be held to the highest standards possible, if allowed to happen at all. Send your comments to BLM before August 28 to ensure your voice is heard.

Also, the Mesa County Commissioners will be discussing their comments at a public meeting on Monday, August 21 at 9 a.m. at the Mesa County Court House if you would like to share your thoughts on this project with your elected officials.

Thank you for your support!