Colo. county calls for appeal of BLM's Thompson Divide decision

Posted: Apr 15, 2013

Written by

John Colson, Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Thompson Divide

Pitkin County commissioners are the first local government out of the gate with an administrative appeal of the recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management's lease-suspension decision concerning natural-gas drilling on public lands in the Thompson Divide area.

That same day, the BLM's Colorado River field office director, Steve Bennett, announced the agency would “suspend” 25 leases in the Thompson Divide area, which puts on hold a 10-year “use it or lose it” deadline for the lease-holders, SG Interests and Ursa Resources Group.

Several local governments, including the cities of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale and Pitkin County, had lobbied the BLM to let the leases expire as intended when the leases were issued in 2003.

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