In order to stop the exploration for natural gas in the San Luis Valley we the undersigned here by petition Rob McEwen (Rob McEwen is chairman and CEO of US Gold and Lexam Explorations) and his wife Cheryl to donate all the mineral rights that are owned by Lexam Exploration that lie under the Baca Wildlife refuge, the Baca Grande subdivision and all adjoining mineral rights in the San Luis Valley held by Lexam Exploration to a non-profit organization to hold in safe keeping and never to exercise for any kind of mineral exploration.
We understand Rob and Cheryl McEwen to be generous people that care about the health and spiritual life of fellow human beings. We have seen this demonstrated in their generous giving for health care and religious purposes in their home country of Canada. Since the McEwens have demonstrated their appreciation of the spirit of benefiting others, we do not believe Rob McEwen, nor his wife Cheryl would willingly participate in activities that would damage the religious pursuits or the health of others. We believe that turning the Baca Wildlife Refuge into an industrial zone for the production of natural gas will do both, cause health problems for the wildlife on the refuge and the residents of the area, as well as interfere with and severely harm the religious and spiritual pursuits of the people that use the many monasteries and religious retreats in the area.
Both modern and ancient spiritual leaders have declared the entire San Luis Valley and the Sangre De Cristo (Blood of Christ) mountains to be special in the eyes of God, a very special place of the spirit. Therefore we ask the McEwens to demonstrate the generosity, kind heartedness and religious reverence for life in the United States of American that they have demonstrated in their home nation Canada.
The vast majority of residents and visitors to the Crestone/Baca area are sincere seekers of God. We ask that you donate the mineral rights so that generations to come can have the opportunity to be in this holy place, the San Luis Valley, to pursue their spiritual practices and receive the health benefits and rejuvenation offered here. We also invite Rob McEwen and his wife Cheryl to come to the Crestone/Baca area and visit and see for themselves what a special place it is.
Citizens of the San Luis Valley
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