No Pipe Dream joined Save the Poudre and Save Rural NoCo in serving Larimer County with a lawsuit on January 12, 2021, alleging that former Commissioners Donnelly and Johnson had publicly advocated for Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) for a decade, demonstrating bias. The suit argues that the named commissioners should not have participated in or voted on the NISP 1041 permit application because such bias violates Larimer County Land Use Code and the Colorado Constitution, which requires unbiased decision making on 1041 permits.
In addition, the lawsuit argues that the majority decision made by then Commissioners Donnelly and Johnson in favor of approving the NISP 1041 permit application violated multiple criteria defined in Larimer County's Land Use Code. No Pipe Dream urges the newly appointed Larimer County Commissioners to reconsider the illegal actions and decisions of the past commissioners.
"We ask that our members and friends take every opportunity to engage with our new Larimer County Commissioners to protect our land, our river and our way of life," said Karen Wagner of No Pipe Dream.
Linda Griego, a Board member of Save Rural NoCo, wrote a guest column for the Coloradoan November 22, 2020.
In the September 2 Larimer County Commissioner's meeting, the Commissioners voted 2-1 to support the monstrous NISP 1041 application, despite overwhelming opposition from residents, property owners, scientists and Poudre River advocates.
Members of the grassroots No Pipe Dream organization had hoped that the commissioners would put their constituents and the health of the state’s only National Heritage River before their personal desire for a new flat water reservoir.
No Pipe Dream’s CORA (Colorado Open Records Act) requests and research exposed Commissioners Tom Donnelly’s and Steve Johnson’s decade long bias and endorsement of NISP. Consequently, we are not surprised with tonight’s 2-1 vote, but bitterly disappointed as we envision NISP’s wide ranging impacts on our Larimer County homes, properties and quality of life.
A petition was formally submitted asking Commissioners Donnelly and Johnson to recuse because of obvious prior support of NISP.
Only Commissioner John Kefalas expressed reservations about the application. Lame duck commissioners, Johnson and Donnelly, failed our organization and the citizens of Larimer County, who have argued long and hard that NISP is unsustainable, disastrous for the Poudre River and injurious to residents who live and make their livelihood in the pathway of the river-draining proposal.
Considering that the Thornton 1041 pipeline application was refused, preparations are being made to resist the approval of the NISP pipelines in their 1041 application
The No Pipe Dream Corporation (NPD), along with Save Rural NoCo (SRN) and Save The Poudre (STP,) have worked collaboratively for the last 12 months to insure that citizen concerns will be fairly heard, when the Larimer County Commissioners consider the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) 1041 Application, that started on Monday, August 17, 2020.
Those efforts and research have revealed Commissioner Tom Donnelly’s and Commissioner Steve Johnson’s decade-long bias in favor of the NISP application, rendering a fair hearing impossible.
The 3 organizations, representing thousands of Larimer County residents, formally request Donnelly’s and Johnson’s recusal for violation of the Board’s own ex parte standards for land use applications. (See attached request and 29 bias exhibits in the pages below.)
For over 10 years, Donnelly and Johnson publicly supported NISP, endorsed NISP at rallies and in numerous publications and communicated directly with the applicant, Northern Water, all to the exclusion of public oversight.
At that time, NPD, SNC and STP followed the county attorney’s direction and, at the August 17 meeting asked that Donnelly and Johnson follow the example of the three members of the Larimer County Planning Commission, who recused themselves for lesser reasons on July 8, 2020.
Both Commissioner Johnson and Commissioner Donnelly refused to recuse themselves and stated that they feel capable of being impartial and will evaluate NISP's 1041 application objectively and fairly.
The following downloadable files contain the letter requesting recusal of Commissioners Donnelly and Johnson plus attachments giving evidence of bias.
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