Thompson Divide

Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Mountain Edition - July 24th, 2014

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Thompson Divide
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Advocacy Group Looks To Forest Service Solution

The group working to protect the Thompson Divide area from natural gas development is awaiting a Forest Service plan.
Credit savethethompsondivide.org

Natural Gas drilling in an area near Carbondale known as the Thompson Divide is still a possibility, despite protest from many local residents. The group trying to stop it is hopeful a Forest Service plan, due out later this summer, will prevent future drilling.

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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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