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Stop Thornton's Pipe Dream

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Raised by 156 people in 21 months
We are a grassroots group formed in Fall 2017 to fight the City of Thornton’s plans to build a pipeline through North Fort Collins and along the Weld and Larimer County Line. We advocate that Thornton take advantage of the most obvious and least harmful solution: using the Poudre River as a pipeline. Doing so increases the health, vitality and survival of the Poudre River; our ecological and economic backbone.

Leaving the water in the Poudre avoids 20 miles of pipeline in Larimer County through residential neighborhoods. It curtails a long, destructive construction process for  residents and commuters. In February 2019, after 7 public hearings--a record for any 1041 application presented to Larimer County--the County Commissioners voted 3-0 AGAINST Thornton's plans to build the pipeline along the northern route.

It was a victory unheard of and called impossible by many. We need to make sure it sticks.

Thornton responded with a lawsuit against Larimer County in April 2019. We must keep the County Commissioners on task and remembering why they voted down the 1041. We need to continue to influence the process to ensure no out-of-court settlements happen between the two parties behind closed doors and without public input.

No Pipe Dream Corp is filing a motion to intervene in Thornton’s lawsuit. This gives us a seat at the table. Our lawyer will keep the citizens' overwhelming desires for a different route (i.e. the Poudre River) top of mind for the County and Thornton.

He will make every effort to avoid an out-of-court settlement that would disregard the interest of the No Pipe Dream Corporation and Larimer County citizens.

To intervene, we need funds! Please consider giving.

The cost of intervention could approach $20,000.

These are funds NPD needs to raise NOW to give our lawyer a seat at the table. 

We are deeply thankful and grateful for any help you can provide. We know many of you have given before. Your support has taken us far.

For additional information, please visit our website: nopipedream.com

The increased water flows would be significantly beneficial to the currently ailing health of the Poudre as it runs through Fort Collins, as well as to wetlands, environmental and recreational resources and the communities and businesses that depend on them. 

Donate for the river today!  Donate to avoid a pipeline through private property and stop Thornton from seizing property via eminent domain.

We did it before, we can do it again!

Please note: Donations are not tax deductible.

PS. No Pipe Dream is now a non-profit corporation. If you would rather send a check, please make it out to No Pipe Dream Corp. and send it to PO Box 2465, Fort Collins, CO 80522.

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WE'VE WON THE RIGHT TO INTERVENE IN THORNTON'S LAWSUIT AGAINST LARIMER COUNTY!

What does this mean? It means that No Pipe Dream's lawyer has a seat at the table! Thornton and Larimer County cannot negotiate behind closed doors without our lawyer present. He will represent us and our interests and make sure they are considered when determining the outcome of the lawsuit. This is a big WIN! Read more below.

Despite Thornton's opposition, the district court judge has APPROVED our motion to intervene on the lawsuit! Judge Juan Villasenor presented sound arguments in support of No Pipe Dream intervening in Thornton's lawsuit against Larimer County. Thornton argued we did not have any legal standing in the case. He cited federal courts that recognize the concept of "piggyback" standing. He recognized that injury to our members--if the pipeline goes through--is sufficient to confer standing. In the same order, he also granted Save the Poudre's request to intervene.

If you can donate and help us fund his participation, please visit our website! We've raised $6,000 of our $20,000 costs for intervening. Thank you.

PS. The photo below is of the Rio Grande River, March 2017, all dried up.

It happened to the Rio Grande and if the commissioners decision is reversed by the courts, it could happen to the Cache La Poudre. Now is the time to apply pressure!
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We are pleased that the Larimer County Commissioners are sticking to their decision so far! They did not cave in their response to Thornton's lawsuit. However, we are still filing to intervene so our lawyer can influence the outcome and continue to put pressure on Thornton to seriously look at the river route. We do not want the commissioners to choose a pipeline anywhere in Larimer County. The river route is the most logical and obvious solution!
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Hello All!
Larimer County just filed its response to Thornton's lawsuit. Our lawyer is starting on a "motion to intervene" today. THANK YOU for donating as you are making this action possible! As we learn more of what the County's response means we will share it on our website at nopipedream.com.
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We are making a difference!

The July 9 County Commissioners Hearing on the Thornton Pipeline was forced to continue to a second night (July 23), since 72 people signed up to speak. The room was packed, standing room only with over 300 attendees. The county has received 2500 emails on it since the planning commissioners hearing on May 16!
• To watch the July 9 hearing, visit our website and click on the link on the homepage—Nopipedream.com. Our lawyer John Barth, opens up the public comment and was excellent!
• We are bringing John Barth back to speak on our behalf on July 23--the final hearing. Please consider donating to cover this extra expense. Now is our last chance to be heard. Thank you!
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