Moffat County residents testify in favor of Tri-State controls


Craig resident Frank Moe said it was humbling to sit in a room full of well-paid specialists and lawyers Thursday in Denver.

However, after sitting through about four hours of presentations, graphs and slides regarding proposed emission controls at Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s coal-fired Craig Station, Frank realized there was something missing.

“I said, ‘In all of the pictures and all of the slides we have seen, you have forgotten something … none of the slides or pictures have shown the people of Northwest Colorado and how your decisions affect us,’” he said. “We feel like we talk, but we don’t know if anybody listens.”

Frank and his wife, Kerry, were joined by several other Northwest Colorado residents Thursday in Denver during public comment sessions hosted by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s Air Quality Control Commission.

The group provided comment about a state initiative aiming to install new emission control technology at the 1,300-megawatt Craig Station power plant.

The AQCC was faced with making a decision between two technologies with different price tags and each supported by two different sides of the issue — Tri-State and a coalition of environmental groups.

The AQCC gave preliminary approval to a plan for the plant Friday, said Paul Tourangeau, Director of the Air Pollution Control Division.

Instead of installing a certain technology on all three of Craig Station’s units, the AQCC approved, 9-0, a compromise, of sorts, between both technologies, Tourangeau said.

The plan would install cheaper selective non-catalytic reduction technologies, or SNCR, on units one and three at Tri-State and install the more expensive selective catalytic reduction technologies, or SCR, on unit two, he said.

However, those plans are subject to review and final approval by the AQCC in early January, Tourangeau said. Ultimately, the plan would need a state legislative review before being sent to the federal level.

Tri-State spokesman Brad Jones said the company supports the AQCC’s approved plan.

However, Jones said he could not speak on behalf of the other companies that own parts of the Craig Station.

Jones said Tri-State would need to complete a cost analysis of the new plan to determine what the AQCC’s plans would cost.

The emission controls were proposed in response to a proposed 60-year federal program which hopes to reduce visibility impairments in the country’s national parks and wilderness areas, Jones said.

Tri-State originally supported installing the SNCR technologies that would have equipped the Craig Station with about $40 million in upgrades and would have reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by about 15 percent.

However, the environmental coalition asked that SCR be installed, which could have reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 percent. That technology, however, came with a $660 million price tag.

Frank said Tuesday he was pleased with the AQCC’s decision, adding that he thought those who testified from Northwest Colorado made a significant impression on the commission.

He thinks the AQCC’s plan was the “best thing that we could do for our community.”

“As long as it is economically feasible for Tri-State to keep our people employed, I think it is a great compromise and that is what we were looking for,” he said. “I think that is what we have been missing out on, even with stuff like (Colorado House Bill 10-) 1365.”

Frank said he questioned why environmentalists pushed for $660 million technologies during his Thursday testimony in favor of the state’s cheaper proposal.

“Is their true purpose to make it so expensive that Tri-State would look at the plant and go, ‘Is it worth us continuing it? Can we make a profit off of this?’” he said.

But, Frank said he told the commission where his allegiance rested.

“I said, ‘I’ll tell you who I trust, I trust Tri-State because they have proven to be good economic partners in our community when they have made commitments to clean up their plant and do environmental stuff,’” he said.

Kerry said she and Frank don’t like public speaking, but will do it when they feel passionate enough about something.

“We love this area … and I feel like we are systematically being attacked by these environmental groups,” she said.

Moreover, proponents of the high cost controls are just trying to be “politically energy fashionable by trying to destroy our coal industry without any thought as to the science behind it,” she said.

Darcy Trask, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership director, attended and testified before the commission.

Trask said she presented the commission with about 20 letters of support for the state’s plan from local businesses and organizations.

“Our business community really stepped up to the plate in support of Tri-State,” she said.

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner also testified Thursday in Denver. She said she thinks Tri-State is “willing to be part of the solution,” but made clear that power plants were not the only source of visual haze.

Danner said Tuesday she is supporting the AQCC’s ruling on the matter.

“I will follow Tri-State’s lead on this because this is their business,” she said. “It is my job to help support those key businesses.”


JimBlevins 6 years, 4 months ago

While I don't disagree with the current decision by Commissioner Danner, I have real concern with her job description. She was elected by the residents of Moffat county. It is her job to represent those residents. Doing so may or may not coincide with supporting key businesses.

Jim Blevins


Frank Estey 6 years, 4 months ago

Representation is Commensurate to the amount of tax, jobs one generates… $$$$$.

Welcome to reality.


Ray Cartwright 6 years, 4 months ago

So if I read Mr. Blevins right, Ms Danner shouldn’t be touting support for Tri-State Craig Station because “her job is to represent those residents”. I guess I am unclear just what residents that Mr. Blevins is referring to and how is it not in the best interests of all business’ and her constituents.

She said: “She thinks Tri-State is “willing to be part of the solution,” but made clear that power plants were not the only source of visual haze.” Lets start working on the bad air and visual haze that is being caused by the automobiles and trucks, but you aren’t going to hear anything coming out of the politicians mouth about controling the amount of cars and trucks on the road. That would be political suicide. I think that the visual haze that people need to worry about is the haze that you see when you come around the curve across the Colorado River into Grand Junction. I am almost positive that that isn’t being caused by the Desperado, Craig, or Hayden power plants.

Maybe Mr. Blevins thinks that it is appropriate to go back to small town USA and get rid of all the riff/raff associated with the power plant and all the troubles that the people that work out there cause. We could even end the debate as to what the city was going to do about the Safety Center as we could go back to not having a police force at all and let the County Sheriff Department patrol the town again. Think of all the electricity we could save if we shut off and removed all of the stoplights and go back to just the one at the intersection of CO 13 and US 40. I for one want to thank all of the people that went to Denver to testify in support Tri-State controls.


taxslave 6 years, 4 months ago

Police forces are being laid of in masses around the country due to lack of tax base to support them. The same will come to moffat county. The force will be federalized when the money runs out and all will know we're living in nazi germany. Sheriff, you'd better stand up! (or is the sheriff dept servant to the lender too).

Folks, we've been sold out by those we paid to protect us.


dogfan 6 years, 4 months ago

I believe Mr. Blevins need to sit down and figure out how many people in Moffat County are involved with the coal industry. Shut down ColoWyo, Trapper, Twenty Mile and Tri State and see what happens then. There will be alot of unemployed people in Moffat County. Seems to me that Mrs. Danner represented a very large majority of Moffat County. If all these people lose their jobs we will not need a Walmart in town nor will we need alot of other businesses that these people support.

Mr. Blevins if you don't like it here than maybe you can move to Boulder County sounds like you would fit in there.


taxslave 6 years, 4 months ago

The gulf of mexico area is under chemical attack. What a xmas present, eh? Call anyone you know down there and warn them. This is for real. This crap is worth waking up for. Either we speak out and die or we shut up and die anyways. Do they attack us tomorrow? WTH?

Judgement on the "bible belt"?


wellwell 6 years, 4 months ago


Finally I see what "chemtrails" are according to you. This "spray" ; is it coming from commercial planes?, US military planes?, foreign planes?, UFOs? Why do you suppose any or all of these would do this? What is in the chem trails? Man, Who is behind this?


als362 6 years, 4 months ago

I still believe that if the all the coal fired generation in the entire U.S. electrical grid were to be shut done completely. So that all these people that think they can get all their power from wind, solar and natural gas would suddenly discover that there is not nearly enough to supply their needs. Then perhaps these nut cases would find something else to cry about. When they can't turn on their computers, or watch the 6:00 news, they will suddenly say that maybe coal isn't as bad as they originally thought.


Frank Estey 6 years, 4 months ago

Sure hope all this chemtrail crap does not ruin the paint on my new truck…there is going to be retribution on the biblical belt…wherever that is.


leroymcgee 6 years, 4 months ago

Hey Als,

Great idea! Then maybe you'll have to ration that computer use of yours and it'll save us all from these ridiculous and paranoid comments that you leave at the base of virtually every article that CDP publishes.



taxslave 6 years, 4 months ago

This is more info on hydraulic fracturing.

wellwell, do you really want to know the truth? Remember the movie the Matrix? If you take the "truth" pill you won't be able to hack it back up. You'll probably start losing sleep too. It's that bad A N D city leaders know about most of this crap.

I posted that those who assisted nazi hitler with his take over were the first they eliminated......I posted it because it's true and it will happen again. They've been promised everything to keep stuff "underwrap" you might say. Little do they realize, they've been lied to just like they lie to us.

This rabbit hole is unbelievable but it indeed exists.


Exres 6 years, 3 months ago

Als and Taxslave are examples of why many of us don't participate in these comment forums very much.
These sites attract too many nutcases.


als362 6 years, 3 months ago

Hello everyone: I believe that Exres is exactly correct.
After all this site attracted Exres.
Nothing more need be said.


taxslave 6 years, 3 months ago

Anyone who throws crap statements out like that....especially when there is proof to the nothing more than a shrill or paid disinfo agent. There are paid disinfo agents all over the internet and television.

It's people who deny the truth or who are tryiing to hide it that tick me off and i'm not afraid of any of you. You Exres have inhaled too many chemtrails.

i've seen craig sprayed every bit as much as that video on numerous occassions. just look up

oh yeah, they're hiding something up there.too. i carry a welding hood with me. I don't miss much.


Frank Estey 6 years, 3 months ago


Always wondered what thoughts might reside in the minds of horses, dogs and cats …then teach them how to talk and use a computer on the Internet. Entertaining ;-}

However, lets work hard to stick with the subject:
Moffat County residents testify in favor of Tri-State controls.


P51 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes, get back to the subject. Cleaner air. We breathe it. The subject is Clean air. General Electric and Pratt and Whitney both make reliable high output natural gas power units to replace the dirty, filthy coal fired units. Phase out coal production. Keep just enough coal production going so we can spread some on the icy snow packed roads in the winter. Then get rid of that awful corrosive liquid that is being spread on the roads now.


Frank Estey 6 years, 3 months ago

Ultimately, jobs will be the secondary consideration, pollution control the primary.

According to the Congressional Research Service’s 2010 report: “Displacing Coal with Generation from Existing Natural-Gas Fired Power Plants,” if natural-gas combined cycle plants utilization were to be doubled from 42 percent capacity factor to 85 percent, then the amount of power generated would displace 19 percent of the CO2 emissions attributed to coal-fired electricity generation.

These conversions at tri-State will only postpone the inevitable conversion to natural gas.


als362 6 years, 3 months ago

P51 is a person that cares nothing about this community. Neither can P51 look through the natural gas haze to see that once all these large generating stations are converted to natural gas, the price of that fuel will skyrocket making normal electrical use too expensive to the normal user. All these politicians that are proposing this natural gas idea have their hands in the pot. It is a real shame that there are people like this in the world, that care nothing about others and are so blind to new clean coal technology that they are willing to sacrifice the well being of the entire community and state for their own personal ideas and selfishness. It is very possible to have clean coal and clean air without destroying the economy of the county and state, while destroying the lives of thousands of people. But when these selfish people propose ideas like those of P51, then everyone suffers.


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