Fact Check: Are oil and gas leases within a mile of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and do they create "an economic disaster for local economies that rely on tourism driven by southern Colorado’s natural beauty.”

Journalist/Politico:

Bruce Finley

Media Publication:

The Denver Post

Originally Published On:

May 25, 2018

Rating:

Sputtering

Claim: Are oil and gas leases within a mile of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and do they create "an economic disaster for local economies that rely on tourism driven by southern Colorado’s natural beauty.”

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 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.  Additionally, the leases are not a mile from the park entrance in an area north of Alamosa that attracts thousands of visitors and helps drive the economy.

Rating: Sputtering

Reviewed On:
May 25, 2018
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