"I would ask that you look at my quotes in the Durango Herald article and really think about it."
"When asked about Malecek’s “swimming with sharks” email that claims Dallas was concerned about potentially damaging information and the need to hide correspondences from FOIA, he said:“It’s an unfortunate use of words, certainly, but there is no, again, I was asking folks to be disciplined about working out internal questions between each other.“I’m not interested in throwing employees under the bus, but Malecek said what he said, and that wasn’t my intent. There is no cover-up.”
Mike Blakeman, public affairs specialist for the Rio Grande National Forest, said the local Forest Service is frustrated because it is easy to pull out emails and develop stories around them.
“You have groups that want to present a particular view that supports them, so they will obviously provide emails that prove that,” Blakeman said. “And I feel like that’s what’s occurring here.”Both men contend any claims of a cover-up or collusions with McCombs will be proved false once hearings start for the Friends of Wolf Creek’s legal complaint against the Forest Service about the most recent EIS.
Forest Service officials in Washington, D.C., and Denver declined to comment for this article, saying the agency does not discuss matters in litigation.
Pending court case
The 30-year battle over the proposed development will enter its next stage in Federal District Court in Denver this spring or summer, Stills said.
“We want the judge to understand what happened, and see if undue influence has prevented the public and people in charge of making a fully informed decision,” he said. But Stills added that the recent batch of emails released represent a sliver of what went on behind the scenes. ...
Durango Herald | January 16, 2016
Perhaps the developer should stop giving us so much mischief to grab a hold of and to use as evidence of his short-sighted development obsession lending more justification to the concept of rejecting his pipe-dream. One that would bring us nothing but destruction of a precious natural treasure and an assortment of unmanageable messes to clean up.