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April 30, 2010

Sportsmen's Groups Oppose Colorado Drilling Proposal

By Chad Love

From the story on MSNBC:
A coalition of hunters and anglers says a protest of proposed federal oil and gas leases in a wildlife-rich part of north-central Colorado is an opportunity for the Obama administration to follow through on a pledge for greater scrutiny of leasing on public land. The groups have filed a protest with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over the plan to take bids on about 11,400 acres in its May 13 auction in Denver.

The 14 disputed parcels northwest of Walden are in the middle of migration routes for elk, mule deer and pronghorns and are home to moose, fisheries and sage grouse breeding grounds, the groups said. The area is in North Park, a roughly 8,000-foot-high valley that's nearly encircled by mountains and encompasses the 24,800-acre Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and headwaters of the North Platte River. "It's kind of like the Serengeti of Colorado, as far as wildlife goes," said Bill Dvorak, a longtime hunting and fishing guide in the area and member of the National Wildlife Federation. BLM spokesman Jim Sample declined to comment Wednesday on the protest because the agency is still reviewing it.

Conservation groups welcomed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement in January of policy changes in leasing public lands, said Steve Belinda of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Salazar said the changes would strengthen environmental standards and provide more clarity for energy companies. "Yet, for the time being," Belinda said, "we find ourselves left with no choice but to continue to protest individual leases because these promised changes have not been implemented." The hunting and angling groups and state wildlife officials have urged the BLM to rewrite its management plan for the area, which is close to the Wyoming border, before approving any new oil and gas leases. The plan was originally approved in 1984 and has been updated through the years. "A 20-year-old document couldn't factor in the number of wells that are being talked about," said Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

If America doesn't become more energy conscious, this is the sort of thing that will have to happen. We'll need to become more energy efficient so these sort of measures aren't necessary.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

You've got a good point there. Either we drill and develop, or we get better at using the energy we already generate.

Taking a cue from the other thread, apart from replacing appliances (if you can afford to do that NOW), there are some things you can do. LED and Compact Flouorescent light bulbs, for example, are cheap, and pay for themselves within a year or so of installation (depending on how much light you use). It *really* shows during the winter months. Here in AZ we are blessed with long days even in early December, as compared with folks in northern latitudes. And yet, in our house we knocked about $25 per month off of out peak energy bills just by tossing all the incandescent bulbs. If it irks you to junk them while they're still usable, replace them by attrition.

Another thing: if you have an older house you may not have a programmable thermostat. Those are cheap and ours paid for itself in a year.

Trucks. We love 'em. But unless you're constantly using yours to haul stuff for your job, yours probably spends alot of time with a mostly empty bed. So, rather than buy a full sized Ram, F150 or whatever, or a six cylinder job, if you're not towing stuff go for a 4 cylinder small p/u like a Ford Ranger.

Just a few thoughts. You don't need to outlay megabucks to start economizing.

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from shane wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

That's exactly it. If we would just be willing to put in a little effort towards efficiency and minimizing use/waste, we wouldn't need to be looking for even more fossil fuel. It's more than worth it, but you would never guess by all our attitudes about it.

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from Bella wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

Mike I'm already doing all that stuff and more (but I don't have the programmable thermostat yet). We need sustainable energy and we have the tech, but energy interests who don't want to loose their marketshare keep putting stumbling blocks in the way of progress.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

If America doesn't become more energy conscious, this is the sort of thing that will have to happen. We'll need to become more energy efficient so these sort of measures aren't necessary.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Diehl wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

You've got a good point there. Either we drill and develop, or we get better at using the energy we already generate.

Taking a cue from the other thread, apart from replacing appliances (if you can afford to do that NOW), there are some things you can do. LED and Compact Flouorescent light bulbs, for example, are cheap, and pay for themselves within a year or so of installation (depending on how much light you use). It *really* shows during the winter months. Here in AZ we are blessed with long days even in early December, as compared with folks in northern latitudes. And yet, in our house we knocked about $25 per month off of out peak energy bills just by tossing all the incandescent bulbs. If it irks you to junk them while they're still usable, replace them by attrition.

Another thing: if you have an older house you may not have a programmable thermostat. Those are cheap and ours paid for itself in a year.

Trucks. We love 'em. But unless you're constantly using yours to haul stuff for your job, yours probably spends alot of time with a mostly empty bed. So, rather than buy a full sized Ram, F150 or whatever, or a six cylinder job, if you're not towing stuff go for a 4 cylinder small p/u like a Ford Ranger.

Just a few thoughts. You don't need to outlay megabucks to start economizing.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

That's exactly it. If we would just be willing to put in a little effort towards efficiency and minimizing use/waste, we wouldn't need to be looking for even more fossil fuel. It's more than worth it, but you would never guess by all our attitudes about it.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bella wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

Mike I'm already doing all that stuff and more (but I don't have the programmable thermostat yet). We need sustainable energy and we have the tech, but energy interests who don't want to loose their marketshare keep putting stumbling blocks in the way of progress.

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