While tallking to someone I’d just met recently, we touched on the fracking-gas-development mess in the West. I told the middle-aged lady that fracking may soon be happening in the Roaring Fork Valley, known for the town of Aspen, movie stars, skiing, and some of the most expensive real estate on earth. The lady, who’s name I can’t recall became indignant, telling me “There’s no way THEY’LL let THAT happen, not IN ASPEN! There’s WAY too much money there.” Technically, Carbondale is down valley from Aspen, but new plans to drill the Thompson Divide as reported in The Aspen Times threaten the only buffer between the Roaring Fork Valley and the mega gas fields in the Piceance Basin. It can happen here, and a unified grassroots opposition may be the only way to prevent industrialized energy development in the Roaring Fork. I’ve just contacted the Thompson Divide Coalition, a local citizens group that is fighting for the Thompson Divide and the Roaring Fork. Please contact TDC and offer your support.