Fact Check: Are oil and gas leases putting the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve at risk?
Fact: The proposed federal parcels are not located within the national park or preserve boundaries nor in adjacent forest service land. Instead, they are on the eastern side of the ridgeline of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, running at nearly 11,000 feet. This creates a natural buffer that at times peaks at 14,000 feet and protects the park from any ensuing light pollution, air pollution, unsightly temporary drilling rigs and heavy truck traffic. None of the parcels touch the ridgeline, and a buffer of San Isabel National Forest land further separates the federal parcels from the national park.
Rating: Out of gas