De Beque Residents Form Grass Roots Group

Two possible waste water facilities in De Beque continue to concern residents of that town, prompting some to form a grass roots organization.

Monday's town board meeting was supposed to include a discussion with one of the companies, over a proposed sight.

But even though that item was pulled from the agenda, concerned residents showed up anyway to let the board know what kind of grass roots action is happening to prevent both sites.

It all stems back to a public meeting in late November, where a Utah-based company answered questions concerning the first facility, which would house waste water from energy production sites in the form of evaporation pools.

With continuing talks surrounding a second site, residents decided it's time to act.

Companies for both sites have not submitted applications to Mesa County for any sort of permits and representatives with either company were not on hand Monday.

The resident group, Citizens for Responsible Energy Development, or C-RED, convinced the De Beque town board to write a letter to both the Mesa County commissioners and planning commission to ask for not only reconsideration, but to offer a public process once the applications are submitted.

The group even reached out to Congressman John Salazar, who has submitted a letter to the planning commission and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Both Salazar's representatives and C-RED say Monday's action was to make sure the concern and issue is put on the radar screen.