To the editor:
In your article on June 29 about the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed resource management plan closing of 77,000 acres to energy development, there were some misconceptions.
It was stated that there was an agreement to limit development to 1 percent. There were two groups proposing input into the revision of the RMP.
The first was the Northwest Colorado Stewardship. NWCOS is was a group of individuals and organizations that represented almost every aspect of the local community.
It included representatives from energy, ranching, local government, the environment and public-at-large.
The other was cooperating agencies, which included Moffat County, the Division of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others.
Moreover, it appears that the media is reporting that NWCOS and the cooperating agencies are one and the same.
This could not be further from the truth.
The 1-percent concept was proposed by the energy and local government groups in NWCOS.
In NWCOS, which was formed in 2003 to deal with governmental issues, 100-percent consensus was required on any vote to become policy. The vote on the 1-percent development issue received numerous of negative votes.
The issue was defeated.
From what I understand, the cooperating agencies adopted the 1-percent development as their goal for Vermillion Basin.