17 Photos - Oct 31, 2013
Photo: Photo: Condemn It Park - entrance to the Pilot Knob Roadless Area.Photo: Old dirt roads, now used primarily by ATVers, lead into the roadless area.Photo: The roads wind through the largest contiguous aspen forest in the United States.Photo: At the end of one access road, an old fire ring with the Ragged Mountains in the background - a potential well pad location.Photo: The Ragged Mountains viewed from the Buck Mesa Trail.Photo: Panorama of aspen trees in full color with the Raggeds in the background.Photo: One of many excellent hunters camps along the access roads.Photo: Incredibly scenic solitude along the old access roads.Photo: Dense, old-growth, beautiful aspen stands.Photo: Powder blue Colorado skies.Photo: Portions of the old dirt road that now makes up a portion of the 1000 Acres Flats trail.Photo: Endless aspen forest.Photo: Drilling would bring heavy truck traffic, like this bulldozer that traveled down a gravel road near the Pilot Knob.Photo: Clear-cut, old-growth aspen made way for a natural gas pipeline on nearby private land.Photo: The Gunnison National Forest and Pilot Knob roadless area are already threatened by encroaching drilling on private lands, like the well pad pictured here that failed its last state inspection on Oct. 1, 2013 (COGCC Doc. # 670200918).Photo: Now in the heart of the roadless area, fracking company Petrox has staked their claim and intention to drill and frack 50 gas wells with a large metal steak that reads "Somerset Unit I."