Not Just NIMBYism, Say Local GroupsAt a meeting in Basalt last week, citizens from the Roaring Fork Valley and Sal Pace, Democratic candidate for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, all talked about the impacts of natural gas drilling south of Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Area ranchers, environmental groups, and others discussed the possible impacts to wildlife habitat, local water sources, cattle grazing, and the tourist economy of local towns. They told Pace they're not against natural gas drilling; they just don't want it on the Thompson Divide.
But, what makes the fight to keep energy companies out of Thompson Divide different from those who simply don't want gas drilling in their backyards?
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh was at the Basalt meeting and brings this report.