Letter: Close Four Mile as a haul route
If you want to protect the Thompson Divide, close Four Mile to use as a haul route for the oil and gas industry.
Four Mile, at the far south end of Midland Avenue in Glenwood Springs, is a county-designated haul route. Unless this status changes, this designation opens drilling access to the Thompson Divide.
Imagine industrial trucks carrying drilling and fracking equipment, contaminated drilling waste and massive water tanks back and forth across the Colorado River Bridge. Then along Grand Avenue through downtown Glenwood to the new, proposed South Bridge and onto Four Mile Road.
Visualize this for a moment. Massive trucks 24/7. Fumes, noise, dust. During rush-hour traffic and all day.
Our Garfield County commissioners have committed their support to the Thompson Divide Coalition in their efforts to preserve the wilds of the Thompson Divide.
Glenwood (and Carbondale) are mountain town tourism economies. Yet, Four Mile is now under reconstruction to expand the base, widen the road and straighten curves. Additionally, without public discussion, a new bridge into the Oak Meadows Subdivision, off Four Mile, was built in midwinter 2012 at a cost in excess of one-million dollars. Our dollars. Oak Meadow residents did not need the bridge. However SG Interests will now be able to bring heavy equipment over Four Mile Creek to access their lease above Oak Meadows.
• New Colorado River Bridge into Glenwood.
• South Bridge designed to carry trucks.
• Four Mile widened and straightened.
• Oak Meadows’ million dollar bridge.
We thank the commissioners for their verbal support of conservation. We encourage you to enact a formal resolution that will prohibit the use of Four Mile as a haul route for the oil and gas industry.
The prosperity of Western towns increasingly hinges on the towns’ proximity to public lands with strong protections.
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