Thornton files lawsuit against Larimer County

Keep the Poudre River Flowing

 

STOP THORNTON'S PIPE DREAM  



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THE LATEST NEWS


  1. Larimer County filed their response on June 3, 2019. We are pleased they are sticking to their guns so far. They say: The Board of County Commissioners’ determination that Thornton did not satisfy each of the twelve review criteria is supported by competent evidence when the record is reviewed as a whole. Way to go, Commissioners!
  2. No Pipe Dream Corp is filing a motion to intervene in Thornton’s lawsuit to overturn Larimer County’s denial of the Thornton Water Project. This gives our lawyer a seat at the table. He will remind Larimer County and Thornton of the citizens' overwhelming desires for a different route (with preference for the Poudre River Alternative). Our legal counsel will make every effort to avoid an out-of-court settlement that would disregard the interest of the No Pipe Dream Corporation and Larimer County citizens. To intervene, we need funds! Please consider giving. The cost of intervention could approach $20,000. Those are funds NPD needs to raise NOW to keep our seat at the table. Click to Donate.
  3. No Pipe Dream is now a non-profit corporation. This shields our members from lawsuits concerning pipelines through their properties and neighborhoods. To remain a  member, you must make a donation of at least $10 annually.



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Recent Actions & Events

Mayor Wade Troxell Speaks Out for River Route, May 2019

The City of Fort Collins Mayor would like to see the Poudre River used as a conveyance by Thornton.



The Poudre Heritage Alliance, upcoming river events: July 26 , 2019 - Poudre River Fest.


SAVE THE POUDRE VIDEO


Check out Save the Poudre's video on Thornton's Pipeline. Director Gary Wockner, PhD, give a great explanation.


WORKING GROUP OUTCOMES


The working group completed their meetings and Thornton submitted a new application with an alternate route favoring Option C --the northern route along Cty Rd 56, which was denied Feb. 11, 2019.

         

The working group was prevented from reaching a consensus, but the ranking of benefits and impacts by both the working group and those who attended the 11/15 community meeting showed that the Poudre Alternative was the favored route by a long stretch.

 

THORNTON'S DENIED 1041  

 

No Pipe Dream still wants the river route and we are continuing to advocate for that. Our lawyer presented during public testimony on Jan. 28 and made a difference in the vote. No pipeline is ideal for all LC citizens!



Recent Actions


June 3, 2019

Larimer County files response to lawsuit. Read their response. We are pleased that the commissioners stuck to their guns! We are still intervening to make sure that remains true. 


April 11, 2019


Thornton files a lawsuit against Larimer County over the denial of their latest 1041 application for the County Road 56 route.  The County Commissioners are preparing their response.


March 18, 2019  


The County Commissioners released their statement on why they rejected Thornton's application. Read it here:


Official Statement from Larimer County Commissioners on Thornton Proposal released.


Brief Summary of Feb 11 Hearing Outcome


Commissioner Donnelly named the significant impact on private property owners as a part of his decision to deny. Commissioner Kafalas focused on several Land Use violations, but ultimately called for a more synergistic plan, stating Thornton did not present all reasonable alternatives. Commissioner Johnson gave voice to the 300 citizens who came to 7 hearings over the year, and 1000s of emails, stating it was much more than a NIMBY reaction. 


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Click Here to watch the entire hearing live.  


 

 

 

MEET THE PEOPLE IMPACTED BY A PIPELINE ALONG DOUGLAS ROAD

The areas along Douglas Road and County Rd 56 are rich and diverse in their people, nature and wildlife. Click below to see the area in Larimer County that's most impacted by Thornton's proposed pipeline. FYI, it takes a few seconds to load but it's worth it!

Watch County Road Life Video

why the poudre alternative works -- Words from our lawyer

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Could cost less or comparable

"Thornton evaluated a Poudre River Alternative during its initial scoping process and found that the alternative would save the City up to $150 million in pipeline construction costs by avoiding approximately 26 miles of pipeline."

River point of withdrawal can be changed

  

"Thornton argues that Colorado water law prohibits the Board from adopting the Poudre River Alternative. More specifically, Thornton argues that the Board may not adopt the Poudre River Alternative because it would:

· require an unlawful change in the point of withdrawal of its water shares from the Poudre River; and,

· unlawfully diminish water quality when compared to Thornton’s desired point of withdrawal;

· unlawfully diminish water quantity as the water flows down the River.

  

Thornton’s arguments do not have factual and/or legal support. Instead, both the facts and Colorado water law would allow Thornton to implement the Poudre River Alternative.


Thornton can legally convey its water shares down the Poudre River and can withdraw that water “at any point desired. Since the Poudre River Alternative is conceptually authorized by Colorado water law, it is both reasonable and legally available to Thornton."

County Commissioners have the legal power

"Colorado law authorizes this Board to regulate the Thornton Water Project, including requiring an alternate point of withdrawal from the Poudre River. "

Thornton does not have a right to a certain water quality

"Thornton argues that it has a legal right to water quality at the LCC head gate and or at WSSC #4. Thornton has no legal right to the water quality at either of these locations. First, Thornton did not purchase all of its water shares at the location of the LCC head gate or WSSC#4. It purchased most of its water shares with degraded water quality from farms measurably downstream along the LCC. Second, Colorado water law does not guarantee a degree of water quality when purchasing water shares. .... 


Thornton is at most entitled only the degree of water quality delivered to the farms it purchased."

Thornton's water shares would likely not be further diminished if left in Poudre

"Thornton has not proven that any water loss resulting from the Poudre River Alternative would be unreasonable when compared to the water loss historically experienced when its water shares flowed in the canal to farms in eastern Larimer and Weld Counties."

Using the Poudre would provide real benefits to Larimer County

" Thornton has proposed a set of benefits to Larimer County if its Supplement #3 is approved (County Road 56 route). However, many of the proposed “benefits” are actions Thornton already planned to implement. In the December 2018 hearing, the Board noted that the benefits package proposed by Thornton was woefully inadequate."
   

"Ideally, the Board would prefer to issue a 1041 permit that complies with all Land Use Code requirements, minimizes adverse impacts to the County, and confers meaningful and enforceable benefits to the County. Unfortunately, Thornton has failed to present such a 1041 application and may leave the Board with no other option but to deny the 1041 permit application."

 

TO READ OUR LAWYER'S FULL COMMENT LETTER, EMAIL NO PIPE DREAM AT NOPIPEDREAMFTC@GMAIL.COM AND REQUEST A LINK TO HIS REPORT.

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No Pipe Dream Needs Funds! 

Can you Help?


We use your money wisely; won’t you consider giving to continue our efforts? Our lawyer will be involved in providing direction to working group members and writing a rebuttal in the future, if needed. 


WE NEED FUNDS to keep our lawyer involved in our next steps. Please give what you can!!


 Where Your Dollars Go

81% Lawyer fees
13% hired experts (hydrologists)
4% yard signs
2% admin  

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Any river is really the summation of the whole valley. To think of it as nothing but water is to ignore the greater part.   

 

(Hal Borland, This Hill, This Valley)