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Tue November 5, 2013
Your Ideas

BLM’s leasing deficiency NEPA and the Thompson Divide

Gas lease in the Wolf Spring Unit of the Thompson Divide. Why would anyone issue a gas lease here? Read the blog to find out, but here’s a hint: the lease isn’t legal.
Credit Will Roush

You might remember back in February when citizens packed the town hall in Carbondale to ask the BLM to let the gas leases in the Thompson Divide* naturally expire at the end of their ten-year terms. Unfortunately, the BLM suspended the leases, allowing the gas companies more time to attempt drilling in the Thompson Divide. On the positive side though the BLM also acknowledged that most of those leases were issued illegally and without proper environmental review or roadless-area protections and so they committed to doing an environmental review of the illegal leases.

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