GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Oil and gas industry supporters say environmentalists, government officials and sympathetic federal agencies are conspiring to sabotage the industry's plans to drill on federal lands in Thompson Divide.
According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://tinyurl.com/bj7lrrt ), two gas industry trade groups sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management claiming the agency's review process for drilling rights is being deliberately delayed, forcing gas leases to expire.
The Thompson Divide includes 220,000 acres of federal land from Carbondale to McClure Pass crossing Pitkin, Gunnison, Garfield, Mesa and Delta counties.
Conservationists want the Thompson Divide protected from drilling. Lawmakers are working on legislation to prevent future mineral leasing in the area and offer companies reimbursement if they trade in existing leases.
Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/