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Letter: Void the Thompson Divide leases

I am writing this in response to the BLM public scoping meeting held in Carbondale recently. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to respond to the situation. I hope that you will void the leases as you did in 2009.

Thompson Divide is a unique and special area which has many roadless acres and connects to both Grand and Battlement mesas. This is a large, contiguous wildlife sanctuary and vital to the health of our wildlife as well as prime land for ranching, hunting, fishing and other recreation. The area supports nearly 300 jobs and injects $30 million into our economy. Beyond the damage to our local economy, slashing this area with roads, wells and pipelines will allow for the establishment of noxious weeds, which could disrupt the ecosystem beyond reclamation.

Since the area spans 15 different watersheds it is crucial to the availability of clean domestic water, agricultural water and blue ribbon fishing. Contamination could result from mud runoff, spills from wells, ponds, pipelines and/or trucks transporting toxic materials.

Thompson Divide is unique and deserves protection. Carbondale deserves clean water. We deserve to continue to enjoy the lifestyle and economy we enjoy now.

Please protect what we have.

Thank you,

Laura Van Dyne


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