New documentary, ‘A Monolithic Folly,’ details oil and gas concerns in the North Fork Valley

March 3, 2022
The North Fork Valley on Colorado's Western Slope.The North Fork Valley on Colorado's Western Slope.Photo: Courtesy BLM
The North Fork Valley on Colorado's Western Slope.

Since the decline of coal in Western Colorado, towns in the North Fork Valley are transitioning their economies away from extraction. The area is a hub for organic agriculture, and tourists spend their dollars on locally grown food and wine. But some farmers and ranchers are worried new oil and gas development could threaten their way of life.

Chad Reich is a filmmaker and educator based in Crested Butte. His documentary, ‘A Monolithic Folly,’ details their concerns and is featured in the Colorado Environmental Film Festival now underway.