As CHC Prepares a Lawsuit, We Need Everyone to Email BLM & Urge Them to Pull the Leases from the February Lease Sale

January 25, 2013
Citizens for a Healthy Community is hard at work with our attorneys at the Western Environmental Law Center preparing to file a lawsuit against the North Fork parcels being sold in the BLM’s February Oil & Gas Lease Sale.


State Director Hankins said that they will make a final decision two days before the lease sale about which parcels will be leased. This means there’s still time to write to BLM today and urge them to withdrawal the leases from the sale. A lawsuit is a last resort and the BLM still has the legal authority to remove the parcels from the lease sale.

Email BLM Colorado State Director Helen Hankins, and copy BLM Director Mike Pool, Deputy Director Neil Kornze, and tell them that we’d much rather avoid a long and costly lawsuit, so pull the North Fork parcels from the lease sale.

Click here for an updated sample letter to the BLM asking them to remove the parcels from the sale. Once you send in your letters, share this with all of your friends and get them to write as well.  With less than three weeks to go before the lease sale, we need to turn up the heat on BLM!

Citizens for a Healthy Community has again called on the BLM to withdraw all of the leases from the Feb. Oil and Gas Lease Sale in a letter to the BLM sent this morning.  Click here to read the full letter.

BLM False Statements on Coal Attempt to Divide Community


In an article that was published this week on the front page of the Montrose Daily Press, BLM UFO staff stated that removing all oil and gas leases from the February 2013 lease sale would harm the current coal mining economy in the North Fork Valley. The article states:


“What many people don’t realize is that if the federal government were to cut the parcels to zero, it would also affect all minerals (rights) in the North Fork Valley,” said Shannon Borders, public affairs specialist for the BLM’s Uncompahgre Field Office. This includes coal development, which has existed in the area since the early 1900s and is a major economic driver for the Western Slope.


CHC’s letter to BLM today refutes these false BLM statements that incorrectly state pulling the oil and gas lease parcels will impact the local coal economy in the North Fork.


This statement implies that removing the oil and gas leases from the February lease sale will somehow harm current and future coal mining in the North Fork Valley. These are two entirely separate issues. This apparent attempt to divide the community is unbecoming of a federal employee and should be immediately and publicly redacted.
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