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Letter: Applauding council action on strip mine

The Glenwood Springs Citizens’ Alliance appreciates the Post Independent’s speedy coverage of action taken March 21 by the Glenwood Springs City Council regarding the proposed expansion of a 16-acre rock quarry into a 320-acre strip mine, put forth by Rocky Mountain Resources (RMR).

We applaud the City Council for its unanimous vote on Resolution 2019-19, which calls on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide greater transparency and public accountability in its permit review process.

Council’s resolution also calls on Colorado’s congressional delegation to stand with our community as the BLM, a federal agency, analyzes this devastating proposal.

Missing from the PI’s article were the Glenwood Springs residents who spoke at the meeting. We voiced support for Council’s action and emphasized the widespread community opposition to RMR’s proposal.

Speakers included former city council member Stephen Bershenyi, who said the RMR proposal “represents the greatest existential threat to the community” he has seen in his lifetime. Bershenyi said the threat will “require every one of us to defend the community we love so much.”

Mary Steinbrecher, another former City Council member, noted that she and other speakers represented more than 1,100 people who have signed the Alliance’s petition opposing the strip mine.

Rocky Mountain Resources is asking BLM for permission to strip-mine a mountainside of public land on the north side of Glenwood Springs. Over the next 20 years, our mountainside would be scraped of vegetation, blasted apart, crushed into gravel and sent east by train to supply the Front Range construction market.

We cannot allow this to happen.

If you haven’t already signed the Alliance’s petition, please visit loveglenwood.org and add your name to the growing list of people and businesses working together to defend our community against this ill-conceived proposal.

Heather McGregor

Glenwood Springs

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