Monday, May 13, 2013

Have a say in oil and gas leasing of Pike forest

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Pike National Forest
  • Moyan Brenn

Quick: Name the largest city abutting the Pike and San Isabel national forests and Cimarron and Comanche national grasslands (PSICC).

That's easy, right? It's the same city that lost 347 homes last summer when the Waldo Canyon Fire in the Pike National Forest raged out of control.

Colorado Springs.

Yet none of the U.S. Forest Service's five meetings to solicit comments on an the environmental impact of oil and gas leasing in the forests and grasslands will be held in Colorado Springs.

Maybe they're counting on anyone from here with any interest to show up at the meeting in Monument.

The meetings concern the PSICC Oil and Gas Leasing Availability Analysis Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), according to a news release, which analyzes the effects of potential future oil and gas development. The EIS, however, focuses on surface-disturbing activities only.

More information is available here.

To view the map of the Forest Service's proposed action for the Pike and San Isabel forests, check this out:
Leasing_map.pdf

The meeting schedule:

May 14
Elkhart, Kansas: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Point Rock Room, 625 Colorado

May 15
Springfield, Colorado: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Minnick Building - Baca County Fairgrounds
28500 County Road 24.6,

May 21
Walsenburg, Colorado: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Community Center Meeting Room
928 S. Russell St.

May 22
Monument, Colorado: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Elementary School,
1330 Creekside Drive

May 23
Fairplay, Colorado: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
North-West Fire Protection District
21455 U.S. Highway 285

For questions or comments, contact John Dow, Forest Planner, PSICC, 2840 Kachina Dr, Pueblo, CO 81004 or by phone at: 719-553-1476. Email inquiries should be sent to psicc_oandg@fs.fed.us.

Also from the releases:

Only individuals or entities who submit timely and specific written comments will have eligibility (36 CFR 218.5) to file an objection under 36 CFR 218.8. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments must either sign the comment or verify identity upon request. Issues raised in an objection must be based on previously submitted timely, specific written comments regarding the proposed action unless based on new information arising after the designated comment opportunities.

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