Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
We are humbled by Aron Ralston’s amazing gift of his time and celebrity to appear on the game show “Minute to Win It” on behalf of the Wilderness Workshop. We’re grateful not only for his winnings, but also for his articulate promotion of our work in front of a national audience.
Thank you, also, to his entire family for being part of the broadcast and making it such a moving event.
A number of people have asked what we plan to do with the money. The short answer is that we’re going to use it to do even more of what we already do, which is protecting our cherished backcountry.
Wilderness Workshop is spread very thin keeping out ahead of the threats to our public lands – energy development, road-building, recreational overuse, overzealous forest health management – and, at the same time, trying to proactively protect the most critical areas through wilderness designation. Aron’s gift will provide much-needed funding for these efforts.
But Aron has made clear that he expects us not to merely use the money to fund what we already do. Rather than resting on our laurels, we’ll be seeking in the coming months to leverage Aron’s gift to raise further funds that will enable us to add new education and restoration programs.
Aron’s experience in Blue John Canyon challenges us all to consider what we would have done in that situation. Likewise, Aron’s dedication to giving back to wilderness – the wilderness that took his arm, but gave back his life – challenges us all to do the same.
Dave Reed and Sloan Shoemaker
I read with interest John Colson’s story on Antero Resources’ settlement with Garfield County, relating to Antero’s proposed 10-acre gas well spacing on two Silt Mesa-area parcels.
According to this story, the county agreed to withdraw its formal intervention with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, in return for Antero’s withdrawing its application for 10-acre spacing. According to the piece, “the company will stick with the density of one well per 40 acres.”
The article stated, “In the settlement accepted on Tuesday, the company agreed to amend its application to the COGCC to request that the state agency approve four well pads in each 640-acre parcel, with up to 16 wells to be drilled from each of the four pads. That, according to county officials, translates to one “down-hole” gas well per 40 acres.”
One well per 40 acres? Not by my calculations. If each 640-acre parcel gets four well pads, that’s an average of 160 acres per pad, right? Right. But then Colson tells us that Antero can drill 16 wells from each of these pads. 160 acres divided by 16 wells equals 10 acres per well.
I thought 10-acre spacing was what Antero agreed to give up.
Maybe Colson made a mistake. Maybe I’ve forgotten how to do simple math. Or maybe there’s another explanation. But I’d appreciate it if the Post Independent would clarify this matter.
Editor’s note: Antero’s application for a drilling permit does indicate a request for one well per 10 acres, but a clause in the text of the application also imposes a limit of “one downhole location [meaning one well] per 40 acres” at this time, per the agreement with Garfield County.
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