Thompson Divide

Environment
5:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Creek Through Contested Thompson Divide Gets Additional Protections

The headwaters of the south branch of the middle Thompson Creek are pictured here. This stretch of water received an "Outstanding Waters" designation from the state.
Credit Colorado Trout Unlimited

The Thompson Creek watershed that flows through the contested Thompson Divide area, received a special designation this week. On Tuesday, the state’s Water Quality Control Commission approved an “Outstanding Waters” designation for several branches of Thompson Creek, near Carbondale.

To win approval the stream has to meet several high quality standards and, the designation prohibits certain pollutants from being discharged into the water. Aaron Kindle is with Colorado Trout Unlimited, which fought for the designation. He says it protects fish.

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Oil and Gas
7:16 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Pitkin County To BLM: Cancel Thompson Divide Leases

Pitkin County is sending a letter to the BLM urging the agency to cancel oil and gas leases that overlap the County and the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale.
Credit Marci Krivonen

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 taking comments on its review of 65 oil and gas leases that stretch over the White River National Forest. Twenty-five of those leases are in the Thompson Divide, southwest of Carbondale.

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Oil and Gas
6:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Oil, Gas Advocates: Leases Should Not Be Cancelled

This Bureau of Land Management map shows the oil and gas leases under review by the BLM. They're shaded in purple.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

A set of meetings on how to manage dozens of oil and gas leases in Western Colorado wrapped up last week, and opinions vary wildly. The Bureau of Land Management held the meetings in April and May to solicit public feedback.

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APR Local News
8:10 am
Thu April 17, 2014

BLM Seeks Comments From Public On 65 Oil, Gas Leases

The contested Thompson Divide area near Carbondale is part of a swath of the White River National Forest that's up for review. The BLM is seeking public comment on how to manage existing oil and gas leases in these places.
Credit savethethompsondivide.org

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.

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Thompson Divide
5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Coalition Heralds Garfield County; GarCo Denies Position

Garfield County Commissioner John F. Martin, center, stands with two other Garfield County Commissioners
Credit Garfield County

   The Thompson Divide Coalition announced yesterday that Garfield County is supporting proposed legislation to protect the Thompson Divide. Hours later, the County denied that description… and said Commissioners said no such thing. 

 It was a day of dueling press releases. Around eleven A.M., the Coalition announced that commissioners with Pitkin, Gunnison and Garfield Counties are making a plea... to Republican Representative Scott Tipton to support pending legislation that would limit oil and gas development on the Thompson Divide. 

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