Alison Gannett and Jason Trimm, of TG Global Cooling, LLC own the 75-acre, 1889 homestead of Holy Terror Farm on Terror Creek in Paonia, Colorado. Alison's uncle, Henry Gannett, first mapped and lived in Paonia in 1874-6, moving on to found the National Geographic Society, and then personally invent the quad maps the BLM uses today. In addition to being almost 100% self-sustainable - growing and raising almost all of their own food and fuel year-round, Holy Terror Farm is dedicated to public, school, media and governmental food/farm education, music and food events, commercial recreational tourism, farm-stay family educational vacations, and commercial chemical-free food production.
The potential fracking/drilling on parcel 6207 would put an end to this families livehood. The farm's #1 senior water right on Terror Creek, deeded in 1889, is now used for commercial chemical-free produce, with over 300 varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables and livestock including cows, pigs and chickens. The water for these income sources comes from WITHIN parcel 6207, which happens to contain the year-round gem of Terror Creek. The families' drinking water and well is a stone's throw from parcel 6207. In addition, the 12.9 acre easement of Fire Mountain Irrigation canal (FMC) flows through the farm, and seeps every minute into the irrigation pond, drinking well, Terror Creek, livestock and irrigation waters. and sensitive FMC canal (there are 13 acres of FMC on the farm which leak water constantly into the farm's well area, pond and irrigation water). The FMC/Paonia Reservoir, could potentially be affected by parcels 6205, 6206, 6216, 6215, 6189, and 6191, all just east and upstream of the farm. Should Paonia Reservoir and/or the FMC would deliver and seep contaminated water directly to the farm, not to mention the other 488 residents and farms that depend on the FMC. Stability of the FMC poses a health and safety issue - as fracking has been shown to cause tremors and earthquakes in the UK, Oklahoma and New York. The FMC is already barely stable, having blown out completely on the farm's property four years ago - any person near that explosion would have been killed instantly. The potential failure of this canal could cause loss of human life, livestock and wildlife damage/loss of life, irreparable loss of top soil, failure of the farm to meet chemical-free produce requirements, potential liability suits, and high water costs to local farmers. Those very same tremors could cause the farm's irrigation pond to fail, irrigation system failure, and potential death or injury to our neighbors that work in the underground coal mines. In addition to our concerns with water, it has been shown by the Heath Impact Assessment, conducted by the Colorado School of Public Health in Garfield County, Colorado, that air pollution from fracking will likely “be high enough to cause short-term and long-term disease, especially for residents living near wells. Health effects may include respiratory disease, neurological problems, birth defects and cancer.” This air pollution would likely destroy the agri-tourism and recreational tourism that Holy Terror Farm relies on. Beyond the actual potential affects to health and human safety, the actual or PERCEIVED affects of fracking, such as light pollution, visual pollution, noise pollution, road building, truck traffic, dust pollution, bald eagle/elk/deer/fish migratory pattern changes, any loss of stream quality or quantity, will likely destroy the farm's commercial operations and main sources of revenue, such as, but not limited to - weddings, school field trips, school children retreats, children's swimming lessons, farm apprenticeships, chemical-free produce and livestock sales, mountain bike camps, ski camps, family concerts, farm-to-table dinners, family educational farm-stays, hunting and fishing camps, wildlife photography camps (bald eagle, deer, elk), company and corporate retreats, commercial family camping, cattle grazing leases, children's science adventure farm camps, u-pick fruit, and media filming and photography workshops. The 22-year old RMP designating these parcels as appropriate for oil and gas development did not take into account these new job-creating and economic opportunities for the valley and this family.
The BLM should remove/defer proposed lease parcel 6207, which borders the entire Holy Terror Farm, contains Terror Creek, contains the farm's pristine views, primary airflow, and the intake source of farm's ONLY irrigation water, providing water for heirloom/rare livestock and over 300 varieties of chemical-free heirloom fruits and vegetables.
Proposed lease parcels 6189, 6206, 6215, 6216, and 6205 all feed into the farm's air quality, pristine viewsheds, and the farm's only drinking water well, recharged by the unstable and leaky Fire Mountain Canal and Paonia Reservoir.
Justification for removal and deferral is warranted until the outdated management plan has been updated and properly protects the resources and economic drivers that exist today for Holy Terror Farm, including, but not limited to - Organic and chemical-free agriculture, Recreational Tourism, Agri-tourism, and Agri-education. This argument should justify the removal and/or deferral of any land/minerals leasing in the North Fork Valley until the new RMP is complete.
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