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1 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 1 Welcome to Community Briefing Concerning Proposed Gas Drilling Near Monument and Palmer Lake

2 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 2 Agenda and introductions: Introduction to “ FRERC ” ---Chris Amenson Why are we here?---Fred Lanyon What is involved in exploratory drilling? Bill Benson Area case studies of similar explorations-- Gloria Lanyon Community Discussion---Chris Amenson

3 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 3 Introductions: Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition is a community group and legal entity (501 c 3) Officers are: Chris Amenson, Glenn Yoder, Gloria Lanyon, Fred Lanyon Memberships are interested parties from local HOAs Red Rock Ranch, Red Rock Reserve Forest View Estates I & II, III & IV Shiloh Pines, Forest View Acres Cloven Hoof Communities invited to participate---Palmer Lake, Monument

4 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 4 Goals of FRERC To gather information relevant to our community of the risks involved in gas drilling in the Mt. Herman area To communicate that information to residents and businesses To focus our possible responses and communicate them to relevant parties To provide a means to seek to ensure best efforts at adequate controls.

5 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 5 The Scope of the Matter by Fred Lanyon

6 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 6 Dyad Petroleum Company of Midland, TX has leased approximately 21,000 acres in our Front Range area from the Forest Service for "wildcat" exploration for natural gas. The exploration is allowed under the 1982 Forest Service management plan. That plan was formulated before the population explosion that currently abuts the Pike National Forest in the Tri-Lakes Area. Dyad Petroleum currently has two applications before the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for review.

7 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 7 Dyad Petroleum's plans call for directional drilling under Mt. Raspberry which is immediately behind the Red Rocks Ranch subdivision. Potentially two 5-acre drilling pads would be cleared from the mixed conifer forest. An access road would be be built to the drilling pad. Retaining ponds would be constructed for each well.

8 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 8 If the initial wells are commercially successful then Dyad plans to build a gas collection and compression facility on Mt. Herman road about 1/3 mile from the corner of Mt. Herman and Red Rocks Roads near where the white Forest Service signs are located.

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11 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 11 The Forest Service Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) draft is in internal review and approval and should be released soon (next few weeks?). After the EIS draft release there will be a 30 day public comment period followed by a Forest Service rework of the EIS in response to comments obtained and then final release of the EIS.

12 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 12 The Process and its inherent risks — Bill Benson

13 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 13 A Case Study (where things didn ’ t go as anticipated) by---Gloria Lanyon

14 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 14 Pinedale, Wyoming A Cautionary Tale

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18 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 18 HEALTH ISSUES WHICH RESULTED Contamination of surface & groundwater Dust and air pollution Soil contamination Noise pollution Light pollution Stress related to living in an industrial zone

19 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 19 SAFETY ISSUES Potential home fires and explosions (Clark, Wyoming) Potential of fires or pollution from accidents or improper worker conduct; e.g., blowouts Increased community crime from new workers

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21 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 21 DECLINE IN QUALITY OF LIFE Water well depletion or loss Degradation of water quality Land disturbance / soil erosion Vegetation die-off & introduction of noxious weeds Damage to roads Traffic congestion Loss of wildlife Loss of aesthetics from industrialization of wild landscapes

22 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 22 WATER QUALITY EFFECTED Local wells have been tested and contained benzene and TPH (total petroleum hydrocarbons) (Pinedale Roundup 5/18/06, 9/27/07; Denver Post 9/9/06) High mountain lakes have shown degradation in the Bridger Wilderness including oxygen deficiency, acidification from drilling rig emissions harming prized trout fisheries & delicate aquatic ecosystems ( Pinedale Roundup 5/18/06 & Upper Green River Valley Coalition) Federal regulations don ’ t require drilling companies to reveal chemicals used in their drilling

23 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 23 WILDLIFE LOSS Pinedale ’ s valley is home to 25 species listed as threatened or endangered, Bald Eagle, Mountain Plover, Northern Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon. Wintering ground for elk, pronghorn antelope. By 2005, an estimated 46% of winter mule deer herd had already disappeared (Pinedale Roundup 10/13/2005) There has been a 51% decline of male sage grouse on their lakes, (sage grouse are considered a harbinger species) (Pinedale Roundup 10/13/2005)

24 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 24 AIR QUALITY DECLINE The nation ’ s cleanest air now has turned to a constant brown haze over Pinedale (Upper Green River Valley Coalition, 4/10/2006) Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality issued two Ozone Advisories for 3/23 and 3/24 for the Upper Green River Valley in Sublette County. These were the 4 th and 5 th Ozone Advisories from DEQ within 27 days between February & March, 2008 (Pinedale Online! 3/23/08) BLM ’ s own analysis suggests that level of development could diminish air quality as far north as Grand Teton National Park (Denver Post 9/9/06)

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28 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 28 Final Comments and Open Discussion Chris Amenson

29 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 29 Dyad is a privately-held company of eight people, located in Midland, TX. I could find no outstanding litigation concerning them. We twice invited Dyad Petroleum Company to come tonight to discuss with us what they plan, and how they would protect our environment. Dyad declined to come to meet with us tonight, indicating that “… it is premature for me to be meeting with your group. The Drilling Permit has not been issued and it is still not definite that a permit will be granted. ” “… if a well is drilled as planned, I would suggest a meeting with a few of your community leaders with the US Forest Service would be helpful. ”

30 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 30  This proposed drilling is in our back yard. If not us, who? If not now, when? Will you help keep our neighborhood?

31 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 31 Critical Success Factors …  Enhance information flow to all of us.  Ensure accountability for responsible parties.  Heighten public awareness through communication  Being willing to fund for critical costs

32 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 32 Awareness Information Accountable Entities HOA ’ s Community Meetings Media /Press Lessons Learned (Pinedale) Water Boards Local Gov ’ t US Forest Service BLM Potential Community Impact Call to Action … Property Values Natural Setting Wildlife Habitat Air/Water Quality Noise/Traffic Dyad Petroleum

33 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 33 Communication Coverage … Cloven Hoof Forest View Acres Red Rock Ranch Fred and Gloria Lanyon Shiloh Pines Marianne LaRivee Forest View I & II Glenn Yoder Forest View III & IV Lowell Pierce 

34 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 34 Factual Understanding We Believe …

35 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 35 Factual Understanding + Community Involvement We Believe …

36 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 36 Factual Understanding + Community Involvement + Unity of Purpose We Believe …

37 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 37 Factual Understanding + Community Involvement + Unity of Purpose = Best Possible Outcome We Believe …

38 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 38 Things You Might Consider: E-mail Jeff Hovermale to get a copy of the EIS sent to you: jhovermale@fs.fed.us Get in touch with your state and federal representatives to let your opinion be known and heard. Tell them you will hold them accountable. Their e-mail addresses can be found at: www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/CLICS2008A/csl.nsf/ directory?openframeset www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/CLICS2008A/csl.nsf/ directory?openframeset Attend the Comment Forum to be held by US Forest Service---date to be announced. Keep up to date by frequently checking in at the FRERC website: www.frerc.orgwww.frerc.org

39 Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 39 Things You Might Consider: Tell your friends and neighbors about what is being considered and to get involved. Hold your local town governments (Monument and Palmer Lake) accountable for protecting your water and air. Let them know you will. Come to the next open meeting we will have---once the EIS is released and we have an opportunity to review and comment upon it.

40 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 40 Help we can use---labor and money! Representing your neighborhood. Review of the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement ---do you know a person or an organization who has the skills to critique the EIS report? Not now, but likely soon, we will need tax deductible financial contributions from community members who want to do their best to protect out community. Money will be used only for evaluation costs and legal expenses. Will you help us help you? Will you stay involved? Give us your e-mail.

41 www.frerc.org Front Range Environmental Resource Coalition 41 Next Steps …  EIS – Review and Comment  Deciding on follow-up meeting plans Thank you for coming tonight.


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