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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Gov. John Hickenlooper at the state capitol Thursday to announce a decision that protects the Thompson Divide, but leaves other areas open to drilling.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management released environmental information this week about potential oil and gas development in northwest Colorado.

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Representatives from the Western Energy Alliance, which represents over 300 oil and gas companies in the western United States, are praising election victories by Republican candidates Donald Trump and Scott Tipton. Environmental groups fear impacts from expanded development. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with the Western Energy Alliance’s Kathleen Sgamma about potential effects of this election on the oil and gas industry.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer 31 oil and gas leases for sale this December, but these sales will happen online.

Wilderness Workshop Conservation Director Will Roush outlines the two guiding principles the organization uses to conduct their work in protecting the lands of the White River National Forest and surrounding areas.  Peter Hart, Conservation Analyst and Staff Attorney, also contributes to the conversation.  Roush and Hart discuss the Thompson Divide and the BLM's decision to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Divide, and the organization's work in forest restoration and water. 

Elise Thatcher

  Fracking can produce air pollution, but many more emissions likely happen during the next stage at a natural gas well.

Oil and gas companies pay a tax to the state for the minerals they extract out of the ground. Colorado then gives some of that money back to local communities impacted by the drilling process. But a recent state Supreme Court ruling says companies have been overpaying these severance taxes – and now Colorado owes the industry tens of millions of dollars. Bente Birkeland has more.

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Marci Krivonen

Oil and gas organizers hope to put two oil and gas-related questions on the fall ballot. A handful of local activists are part of the effort, which is receiving more attention after a recent state supreme court decision.

 

Elise Thatcher

Congressman Scott Tipton wants to introduce legislation that would exchange leases on the Thompson Divide for new drilling rights near Paonia and Rangeley — a plan that’s nearly identical to a proposal by the oil and gas industry last year.

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A measure that would make it easier to sue oil and gas operators when energy development is linked to earthquakes initially cleared the House March 17. Bente Birkeland has more...

Marci Krivonen

  Oil and gas companies are deciding how to respond to the BLM’s expected decision about leases on the Thompson Divide. The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association is working with about eight companies directly affected by a pending BLM decision.

Roger Adams

  More than two hundred workers in the area are going through interviews, to find out if they can keep their jobs. That’s after Oklahoma-based WPX Energy decided to sell to a new Texas company.

Elise Thatcher

An oil and gas company says it’ll wait until 2017 to drill inside Battlement Mesa boundaries.

Elise Thatcher

  The BLM is sorting through tens of thousands of comments on what to do about certain oil and gas leases. The 65 leases include 25 on the Thompson Divide.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County is tightening its belt. With oil and gas revenues projected to drop significantly in 2017, the normally wealthy County is preparing for lean times.

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  The Thompson Divide Coalition is adjusting its course. The nonprofit is shifting from crafting legislation to supporting a pending BLM decision.

Elise Thatcher

Elected officials approved oil and gas drilling in Battlement Mesa on Thursday. Garfield County Commissioners unanimously ok’ed certain permits, though with nearly thirty conditions.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County Commissioners are considering whether to allow a permits for a drilling proposal in Battlement Mesa. Commissioners have gotten hours of public testimony this week, and are taking another look on Thursday.

    

  As Garfield County Commissioners take up a Battlement Mesa drilling proposal, there’s a glitch in the area’s history of oil and gas agreements. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher takes a look at why an important one went missing for nearly a decade.

Elise Thatcher

As Battlement Mesa residents prepare for more review of a possible drilling proposal within their unincorporated town, some are worried they’re stuck in a situation they didn’t know to avoid-- and don’t know a way out of.

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