I got this from a friend up in Chaffee county. The area in reference is Chalk Creek Canyon which empties into the Ark in Brown's Canyon. It's between Mt. Princeton and Mt. Antero.
We need your help to stop a newly opened Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lease in the Chalk Creek Area, underneath private and public lands, for construction of a Geothermal Power Plant by writing a letter of protest. Of course, we support good green technology at appropriate sites. However, this proposal lacks credible technology as shown by the few existing plants of this type and will forever alter the valley that we love so much. The beautiful, long-standing recreational and relaxational area of this Valley will be forever changed for the worse - it would become an industrialized area, with large piping (~3-5 ft pipes) criss-crossing the Valley, well sites with dirt pads, access roads, noise pollution and no more hot water. Please see Chaffee County Geothermal
for the whole story.
Historically, “low-temperature” geothermal (not steam), as we are blessed with here, has been used for Direct-Use applications such as spas, pools, heating, greenhouses, aquaculture etc. Historically, “high-temperature” geothermal (steam) has been used for electricity production. New technology is being introduced (largely still in the “Research & Design” phase) that can produce electricity from “low-temperature” geothermal aquifers. The 3 main problems we see are:
1) electric production has not met expectations, around 50%. In fact, they consume nearly as much coal power as they produce (see : Utah geothermal plant runs into cold-water problem | Energy & Utilities > Renewable Energy from AllBusiness.com
2) re-injection wells will decrease the temperature of the aquifer 1° per year!! according to Chief Scientist Fred Henderson. In other words, in 10 years, our water will be too cold for soaking
3) this area has high recreational value and is not suited for industrial use (You can find pictures of the exact same size plant in Utah: Generating Geothermal
We firmly believe that the BLM has made a major error in designating the 800 acres in question as open to mining operations. We feel we could be giving up a lot to gain very little.
What you can do
If you're interested in preserving both this uniquely beautiful bit of nature and the rural style of life it supports (one you may come to visit and enjoy), then you have to start taking action today.
1) Mark your calendar for Dec. 11th. While you're on the site right now, get out the Magic Marker and circle this date on your calendar! You'll need to return to Chaffee County Geothermal
starting on Dec. 11th or 12th, then click the "Take Action!" page- we will have it changed to give you everything you'll need to write a brief letter of protest to the BLM by that day in December.
2) Forward this email to everyone in YOUR email contact list who lives here, has visited here (to show the area's importance as a recreational area), or who is just concerned with the notion of uniquely beautiful areas being assaulted by ill-advised industrial development. We would like you to move ahead with your forwarding efforts as soon as you can - that will give your friends time to check out the site and get a feel for the cause, and perhaps give THEM time to get things forwarded and so on. This is where the power of the internet can truly help challenge the power of bureaucracies.
3) Write a short letter of protest to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and put it in you mailbox after December 11th
The letters people send during the week of Dec. 14th will make or break this effort, we have good reason to believe that a very large letter response from you will make the BLM reconsider and actually back off from their plans. On Dec. 11th, the "Take Action!" page will provide you with all the talking points, addresses, and other details that will you could possibly need to put together a protest letter. But the BLM requires a real, snail-mail letter; THEY DO NOT ACCEPT EMAILS FOR LETTERS OF COMMENT OR PROTEST. You'll need to take a few minutes to write your own letter (with as much of our help as you want to use). We know that this is a busy holiday season, but we desperately need your help and the BLM sets the dates, not us! The BLM will not accept a "copy and paste" letter from you, but here’s what we can do - if you choose, you'd just need to personalize a sample letter we will post on Chaffee County Geothermal
Our group of friends and neighbors all support geothermal energy as a truly wonderful clean source of energy. In this case, it's a bad idea that could actually make future geothermal development of other kinds in Colorado more difficult. We don't want that to happen. So please help stop a bad geothermal idea from hindering good geothermal ideas that we all can get behind.
Thanks, in advance, for taking the time to help!