CHC was established by a group of residents in 2009, who were concerned about the risks of large-scale oil and gas development to the community’s health.
Delta County, located on the western slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, southeast of Grand Junction, is one of the most beautiful and unique places in the nation. Today, it is known for exceptional outdoor recreational splendor, natural beauty, unique geological formations, its gold-medal fishing, prized big game hunting, and award-winning wines, fruits and vegetables. The North Fork Valley within Delta County is also home to the largest concentration of organic and chemical-free farms within the State of Colorado, and is 1 of 2 American Viticultural Areas in the State. North Fork Valley farmers, ranchers, orchardists and winemakers are building the economy of the Valley by using its resources wisely, conserving its soil and valuing its water and clean air.
As a community, we have worked hard and invested in the resiliency of this economy and believe that Delta County is positioned to be a model for a diversified and resilient economy. This resiliency includes sustainable agriculture, outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and biking, agri-tourism, renewable energy, local art and music, local food culture and regional food hub, and rural broadband. The potential for large-scale oil and gas development threatens all of that. We believe that there are places that are simply inappropriate and unacceptable for oil and gas development to occur, and that this inherently risky practice poses unacceptable threats to public health, the environment, wildlife habitat, the State’s food security, food supply to grocery stores, farmers markets, children and restaurants. Protecting these special places encourages a rapid transition to renewable and clean energy.