The U.S. Army wants Colorado’s Pinon Canyon, and they’ve obtained a waiver to speed up the process.
According to the Denver Post, the Army announced today that they are working to acquire 418,577 acres in southeastern Colorado to expand its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, and the Pentagon has OK’d a waiver to the “moratorium on major land acquisitions.”
From the article:
Opposition to the expansion has been fierce among the area’s 500 ranchers and farmers, who said last year they have little faith the Army will consider their economic hardships when acquiring the land.
Rep. John Salazar responds:
“I am very concerned with the Army’s decision to move forward with this expansion. I will continue to represent local leaders, and residents, and work with Army officials and Fort Carson leadership to ensure that we are all informed and involved in this process.
“As a rancher who lives on the same land that my great-great grandfather once farmed, I would stand strong if the government tried to seize my land. As I have previously told Army officials, I cannot and will not support the use of eminent domain. I will continue to monitor this process very closely to make sure that residents’ rights are not circumvented.”
The Rocky reports:
Even so, the Defense Department’s action today underscored the Army’s serious intent on going ahead with its plan.