US limits drilling in White River National Forest

US limits drilling in White River National Forest
Local News

By John Stroud

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A new White River National Forest oil and gas leasing plan released Tuesday drew a mix of praise from those wanting to keep drilling out of the Thompson Divide region to complaints from some conservation groups that plan doesn’t offer enough protections. Meanwhile, at least one industry representative claimed the new directive is politically motivated and could be used to cancel gas leases that have already been issued. “This is a huge victory for the Thompson Divide and for inventoried roadless areas,” Peter Hart, staff attorney for the Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, said during a telephone press conference …

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