energy development http://aspenpublicradio.org en Pitkin County To BLM: Cancel Thompson Divide Leases http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/pitkin-county-blm-cancel-thompson-divide-leases <p></p><p>Pitkin County is reiterating its opposition to drilling in the Thompson Divide area through a letter to the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM is <a href="http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo/existing_leases_on.html">taking comments</a> on its review of <a href="http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/blm-seeks-comments-public-65-oil-gas-leases">65 oil and gas leases</a> that stretch over the White River National Forest. Twenty-five of those leases are in the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:16:20 +0000 Marci Krivonen 18458 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Pitkin County To BLM: Cancel Thompson Divide Leases BLM Seeks Comments From Public On 65 Oil, Gas Leases http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/blm-seeks-comments-public-65-oil-gas-leases <p></p><p>The public is getting a chance this week to comment on what happens to existing oil and gas leases in Garfield, Pitkin and Mesa Counties. Sixty-five leases within the White River National Forest are up for review. Just eight of them hold active infrastructure, like gas wells. The Bureau of Land Management handles the leases and is soliciting feedback on what do with them.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:10:40 +0000 Marci Krivonen 17156 at http://aspenpublicradio.org BLM Seeks Comments From Public On 65 Oil, Gas Leases Sex and the Greater Sage Grouse http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/sex-and-greater-sage-grouse <p>The Greater Sage Grouse is in trouble. The bird looks like a large chicken and has an elaborate mating dance… and it's habitat across the West has been under siege for several decades. There’s been big effort to help the bird. Now, Garfield County officials are watching closely as the federal government decides how closely to protect a big chunk of its Colorado habitat. There’s disagreement about how to do that... and huge restrictions on private and public land are at stake if officials get it wrong. The BLM is taking comments on its habitat plan for the Greater Sage Grouse. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:02:57 +0000 Elise Thatcher 10592 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Sex and the Greater Sage Grouse Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/major-layoffs-oxbow-coal-mine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two weeks ago, the coal mine near </span>Paonia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers. &nbsp;In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:47:51 +0000 Elise Thatcher 8873 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine Thompson Divide Coaliton's Buy-Out Method Used in Other Western States http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/thompson-divide-coalitons-buy-out-method-used-other-western-states <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 114%; text-decoration: none">&nbsp;</p><p>When citizens want to block oil and gas development on public land, they usually get a lawyer and head to the courts. &nbsp;In Carbondale, the Thompson Divide Coalition has taken another approach, choosing instead a game plan that is rarely used in the West. So far, the Coalition’s so-called “market-based” approach has yet to bear fruit. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen&nbsp;reports.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 03:35:25 +0000 Marci Krivonen 4655 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Thompson Divide Coaliton's Buy-Out Method Used in Other Western States