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Was on the Silver Creek Trail on Thursday and Friday on the top eastern portion. A man on horseback went down the trail Friday am and came back out saying that about four miles in there is a huge log jam across the trail and he could not get in any further. For clarity the log jam is about two miles past the Wilderness Boundary sign which itself is in about two miles.
Both permits, the one given to Lafarge that was never activated and the one given to McArthur dba Alpine Aggregates, were inclusive of these same operating hours because of the risk of fog events leading to accidents. There had already been accidents with death and serious injury along this stretch of road in fog events. When McArthur was requesting the SUP he was told during the hearing that he would be held to the same hours of operation that were given to Lafarge and he agreed to it. #1 -With the change in the SUP regulations now being requested by him, the sad fact is that County Planning did NOT include information from the previous hearings in the packet provided to the Routt County Planning Commission for their meeting the results of which were then recommended to the County Commissioners. And what makes this particularly sad is that there are several new people on this commission who do not have the background information on this active Special Use Permit so they could not make an informed decision. #2 - There was a Sheriff's letter attached to the packet that was requested by McArthur on the fog situation and accidents for only the past year. This information was requested for a time period that did not include those wrecks, consequently it avoided the new commissioners learning about them as they were earlier. Our county is far better than this sneaky type of input in the democratic process and a sloppy democratic process to boot. The hearing before the Board of County Commisssioners is slated for 11/26; with shared public information like Tom Ross's article and Nancy Stahoviak's letter, this hearing should be a more democratic process that doesn't hide the facts.
Frustrated with City Operations. Received two reverse 911 calls at 1:20AM and 4:30AM both of which disrupted my REM sleep. This morning I go out to get bottled water at one of the designated areas and no one is there and no sign updating situation either. Come home go on-line to City Website and City Water Dept. and no message at all regarding the water contamination nor any all clear notice. I guess the City does NOT find it of value to notify residents of water statu
s change. The least the City could do is notify residents that water warning has been reversed either by reverse 911 call or by notifications posted at city offices and places that were designated for bottled water pickup.
The library has provided interesting and diverse films in their evening program for which I applaud them. I have attended three of these and each time I have been driven out by the temperature in the room. Here we have a brand new facility and yet the temperature cannot be controlled to "reduce the temperature" to a comfortable level for the audience. It bothers me to walk out on the presenter before his/her question and answer period gets started, but with the room being so hot it cannot be helped. There were others who departed early too for the same reason - the heat just drives you away...
I was at the gun show in Denver about two weeks ago and while there purchased a gun. I was required to do a background check by the seller who had a booth at the show. When I got back to Steamboat and decided to have the gun shipped up here instead of going down there to pick it up, I had to do another background check. Am surprised that folks think that gun shows don't do background checks.
Scott - You obviously have opinions on this matter; yet you have not participated by attending the Planning Commission nor the County Commissioners meetings on any of the oil or gas permit hearings. Your opinion on who is to blame for delays in permitting is unfounded; perhaps it is time for you to attend these meetings and find that out for yourself. Thank you Doug for your comments.
The county has NOT put deadlines on this project. The Board of County Commissioners has NOT even heard this SUP proposal yet. The deadline is in the lease that Quicksilver has with the mineral rights owner and that is NOT the rancher; the rancher has the overlying surface rights.
Hold on here... This is Quicksilver's dilemma from the start. Quicksilver has a deadline coming up by which time it must finish the drilling at this site or a second company steps in and takes over the lease and according to information from Romick that time is now encroached upon by the wildlife constraints. This has absolutely nothing to do with the county process whatsoever; it lies directly with the application proposal and the date they started the process knowing full well that they are required to go through the permitting procedures of several state and federal agencies prior to going before the Board of County Commissioners. This entire process is quite detailed, lengthy, and time consuming. In this case, as well as the case with one of the other two wells of Quicksilver's in Wolf Mountain Ranch's Conservation Easement, Quicksilver did not plan adequately for the time it would take to complete each of these steps, in their totality, in a timely manner. (Refer to Stuart Orzach comment.) Just because the county is the last agency to hear an application proposal does not justify bad mouthing the county process because of Quicksilver's time constraint nor does it pardon Waltrip for authorizing the road building on behalf of Quicksilver.
What is the source of the water they will use in the fracking process?
The inversion would also trap the pollution in the valley exacerbating the health problems and smog associated with these wells.
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