SourceGas compressor proposal on hold for six months |

SourceGas compressor proposal on hold for six months

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – SourceGas on Thursday requested a delay of up to six months for its effort to find a site for a natural gas compression station on land in Spring Valley owned by Colorado Mountain College.

SourceGas and college officials met on Thursday and decided to request a six-month continuance of Monday’s public hearing, according to a statement issued by SourceGas.

The plan is to look for a better site on the CMC property in Spring Valley, according to the statement.

The move puts on hold a land use application before Garfield County, which was to have been discussed at a meeting on Monday before the Garfield County Commissioners.

The proposal already had won a recommendation for approval from the county’s planning and zoning commission earlier in March.

But the proposal ran into stiff resistance among CMC students and faculty, as well as residents living near the college, who are opposed to the industrial nature of the project close to their homes.

SourceGas, a multi-state natural gas distribution company, has been working with Xcel Energy since 2010 to build a compressor station for an existing gas pipeline that stretches from Rifle to Avon, according to the company’s statement.

“The compressor station is needed to ensure that customers in the Roaring Fork, Eagle and Vail valleys all have a reliable supply of natural gas for the future,” wrote SourceGas community relations specialist Natalie Shelbourn.

At a meeting at CMC on Wednesday evening, attended by approximately 50 students, faculty members and neighbors, the opposition crystallized into a demand that the company find a new site.

“They did hear loud and clear, do not do it at this location,” said Marianne Quigley Ackerman. Her father was among the ranchers who donated land for the college.

A student organizer at CMC, anthropology and outdoor education student Alex Curtis, said on Thursday that he was gathering a group of up to 100 students to show up Monday at the Garfield County commissioners meeting to protest the proposal.

“We don’t want our Spring Valley campus industrialized,” said Curtis.

Speaking for an organization known as “Against Industrializing CMC-Spring Valley Property,” Curtis said, “The land was donated for educational reasons, not for industrialization”

The 688-acre campus was donated to CMC by area ranchers in 1967.

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