Citizens for a Healthy Community

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management released on Monday an Environmental Assessment for the December oil and gas lease sale that includes nearly 8,000 acres in the North Fork Valley. Despite the Town of Paonia’s push to submit a comment within the shortened scoping period, that comment was omitted from the assessment. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, and BLM Public Affairs Specialist Jayson Barangan.

For reference, here are links to the BLM’s environmental assessment, The Town of Paonia’s omitted comment, and the online portal for public comment on the environmental assessment.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s December oil and gas lease sale includes nearly a quarter of a million acres in Colorado with nearly 8,000 in the North Fork Valley’s watershed and around Paonia Reservoir. Meanwhile, an internal memo has reduced opportunities for public participation in the process. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, to learn more.

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Solar Energy International in Paonia hosted the Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo over the weekend. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report a representative of Citizens for a Healthy Community speaks about fracking operations upriver from Paonia in Gunnison County.