CHC Challenges NFMMDP Fracking Plan That Threatens Watershed

CHC and partner organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service’s 2020 approval of the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan (NFMMDP). The plan allows fracking across 35,000 acres, including three watersheds in the upper North Fork Valley, and two roadless areas, 12 miles north of Paonia. This project is the first phase of a potential 104-well, 13-pad development in the NFMMDP project area, for which detailed planning and analysis are currently unavailable.

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  • Susan C. Friar
    Posted at 13:45h, 11 May Reply

    My family and I have felt the impact of climate change and believe that the oil and gas wells have increased this ongoing problem. The intense summer heat daily has increased each year with a serious drought. Due to the increased temperatures in Spring and very little rain, we have had increased evaporation with less water for our agriculture community. The high temperatures last summer lasted longer than usual which we believe is a result of climate change. Both my husband and I feel heat more than usual and have suffered from heat exhaustion.

    Our greater community has spoken up repeatedly when the BLM held community hearings. Hydraulic fracturing damages the structure of the earth, poisons water, air and soil as well as all inhabitants and visitors to the North Fork valley who breathe and eat anything grown here. The chemicals used in fracking poison everything they touch. Our valley is worth more than the short term gain of corporations and the BLM.

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