If you live in the Roaring Fork Valley I am sure you’ve heard of the Thompson Divide. This 220,000 acre region is the center of a pitched battle where natural gas leaseholders face off against a broad based coalition of hunters, anglers, bikers, hikers, backcountry skiers, ranchers and many other Roaring Fork Valley residents, no matter their political stripes. The Thompson Divide Coalition (TDC) represents these interests and seeks to find these leaseholders a graceful exit before the drill bit hits the dirt and fracking fluid is pumped into the ground. TDC’s work protects a region that defines the Roaring Fork Valley while generating 300 jobs and $30 million annually.
Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finds itself squarely in the middle of this battle having leased the land 10+ years ago but now being forced to admit that it did so without following the letter of the law requiring in-depth analysis of environmental impacts. Ten+ years later the BLM is conducting a long overdue review of these leases. As part of this process the BLM is looking for you to share your thoughts about the importance of the Thompson Divide.
There are two ways to do this:
- Tell BLM to Save Thompson Divide by submitting a comment.
- Attend one of three public meetings to send a strong message to BLM: there’s overwhelming local support for conserving the Thompson Divide and the livelihoods this land supports. Here are the public meeting details:
Tuesday, April 15th – Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Rd. from 4 to 7 PM
Wednesday, April 16th – Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. from 4 to 7 PM
Thursday, April 17th – Pitkin County Library in Aspen, 120 N. Mill St. from 3 to 6 PM