CITIZENS FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY

Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) is a 500-member strong grassroots 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the air, water and foodsheds within the Delta County region of Southwest Colorado from the impacts of oil and gas development.

CHC was established by a group of residents in 2009, who were concerned about the risks of large-scale oil and gas development to the community’s health.

 

Delta County, located on the western slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, southeast of Grand Junction, is one of the most beautiful and unique places in the nation. Today, it is known for exceptional outdoor recreational splendor, natural beauty, unique geological formations, its gold-medal fishing, prized big game hunting, and award-winning wines, fruits and vegetables. The North Fork Valley within Delta County is also home to the largest concentration of organic and chemical-free farms within the State of Colorado, and is 1 of 2 American Viticultural Areas in the State. North Fork Valley farmers, ranchers, orchardists and winemakers are building the economy of the Valley by using its resources wisely, conserving its soil and valuing its water and clean air.

 

As a community, we have worked hard and invested in the resiliency of this economy and believe that Delta County is positioned to be a model for a diversified and resilient economy. This resiliency includes sustainable agriculture, outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and biking, agri-tourism, renewable energy, local art and music, local food culture and regional food hub, and rural broadband. The potential for large-scale oil and gas development threatens all of that. We believe that there are places that are simply inappropriate and unacceptable for oil and gas development to occur, and that this inherently risky practice poses unacceptable threats to public health, the environment, wildlife habitat, the State’s food security, food supply to grocery stores, farmers markets, children and restaurants.

OUR IMPACT

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MEMBERS
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COMMENT LETTERS GENERATED
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LEASES TERMINATED
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LEASE ACRES REDUCED

…and 6 unsustainable projects stopped or delayed.

HIGHLIGHTS

2012

30,000 lease acre sale deferral

2012

Won FOIA lawsuit, which forced BLM to change national policy on oil and gas leasing, forcing greater transparency in the lease nomination process.

2013

20,000 lease acre sale deferral

2013

Forced BLM to conduct an EIS on the Proposed 146-well Bull Mountain Master Development Plan

2015

Won our lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to overturn the Forest Service’s decision, which approved five new gas wells near Little Henderson Creek.

2016

State Director Review—the state office of the Bureau of Land Management remanded its decision to allow a proposal to drill 108 wells on 52,000 acres near the Grand Mesa to move forward for further environmental review based on the fact that the plan did not analyze hydraulic fracturing.

2016

30,000 acre Lease Exchange proposal stalled

WE’RE PROUD OF THE WORK WE’VE DONE. READ ALL ABOUT IT.