Newly leaked documents
information that was not in the February 14 press release from the Fort Carson
Public Information Office.
of the 2 documents are
- It contains an overall
cost estimate of $108.8 million and breaks that down into several annual appropriations
beginning in FY 2009. For 418,577 acres, that's $259.95 per acre.
- FY09 request for $6.6
million would buy 25,391 acres at $259.93 per acre.
- FY10 request for $11
million would buy 42,312 acres at $259,93 per acre
- FY11 request for $25
million would buy 96,179 acres at $259.93 per acre
- FY12 request for $12
million would buy 46,166 acres at $259.93 per acre
- FY13 request for $17.3
million would buy 66,556 acres at $259.93 per acre
- Total acres per money
requested is 276,604 acres throug FY13, which computes to $71.9 million through
FY13, so $36.9 million after FY13, or 141,961.3 ,acres at $259.93 per acre,
which adds up to a request of 418,565.3 acres in all.
- Paragraph 1 debunks
the Fort Carson claim that this expansion is needed because of the BRAC expansion.
"According to Army studies prior to BRAC 2005, Fort
Carson had a land training deficit of 250K acres to support optimum training
for the units that are currently stationed there as
well as the Reserve Component units that historically
train at the installation." Not a 418,5477 acre defecit, but 250,000 acres.
- In paragraph 3 we
are told that lifting the waiver enables Fort Carson "to begin the Real Estate
Planning Report" as well as an EIS. Only the EIS was mentioned
in the earlier release. It does not mention where the funding will come
from for either process.
- In paragraph 4 we
have an assertion that "no endangered species are known to inhabit the area
surrounding PCMS..." It is not clear what the basis of this assumption
is or if it is true, but the truth is posted
here. The public does not know where the 418,577 acre parcel is
located. Does the Army already have a map
- The document says
that initially the real estate will be pursued seeking willing sellers but
does not say what happens later in the process when eminent domain is "needed".
Will they then rescind the deals they have already made? Sounds like
a big gap in thinking.
- It says that public
lands will be transferred. Which lands are those? Does that
include both federal and state land?
- It is interesting
to note that this document and attachments A.B, and C was submitted on February
7 and approved on February 8. Sounds like a rubber stamp approval.
And why did it take until February, 14 for the announcement to be made?
And why don't we have access to the data in Tabs A, B, and C?