This map shows which areas would be off-limits to oil and gas leasing under a newly-released plan from the White River National Forest. The areas shaded dark green would closed to future oil and gas development.
Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 8:03 pm
The White River National Forest released a “conservation-minded” plan Tuesday for future oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups are cheering the plan, saying it proposes closing nearly all of the Thompson Divide to future leasing. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.
The Bureau of Land Management has wrapped up its comment period about the leases under question in the White River National Forest.
The BLM is currently running an Environmental Impact Study on some existing oil and gas leases, leases they’ve already given out.
"The BLM is looking at 65 existing leases on the White River National Forest," said David Boyd, a BLM spokesman. "BLM either needs to adopt the Forest Service analysis, or do our own. Back in '93, we did not do either of those, so we're we're doing this Environmental Impact Study now to address that."
The government shutdown in Washington is limiting access to one Colorado’s most visited places: the Maroon Bells. The road outside of Aspen closed to traffic yesterday during prime leaf-peeping season. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.