From the Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): “Deliberations in two counties over a pipeline that primarily would serve a third continue this week.”
Fremont County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the Fremont County Courthouse on the Southern Delivery System to consider a proposal by El Paso County communities Colorado Springs, Security and Fountain to build a pipeline through 17 miles of the Fremont County north of Florence. The route is Plan B for Colorado Springs, which actually wants to start the pipeline at the Pueblo Dam.
Pueblo County commissioners have scheduled a hearing for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pueblo County Courthouse to review a staff proposal for conditions on the $1.1 billion pipeline, which would pass through seven miles of Pueblo West and seven miles of Walker Ranches.
Pueblo West would tap into the pipeline if it comes from Pueblo Dam. Neither commission board plans to accept public comment as part of the hearings this week, but the public would have an opportunity to comment on the Pueblo County plan, once it is finalized. Fremont County closed comments at the Feb. 10 hearing and are required by their own regulations to make a decision within 45 days, Chairman Mike Stiehl said. The Bureau of Reclamation still has not issued a record of decision that would allow contract negotiations to begin.