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Federal land managers are moving toward a compromise between conservationists and energy officials about oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado — Federal land managers are moving toward a compromise between conservationists and energy officials about oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide.

Post Independent reports (http://bit.ly/20XzoOw ) that the Bureau of Land Management's new preferred alternative in the area is to cancel 25 undeveloped leases in the area, but allow other leases to continue under the 1993 rule through which they were issued. Other previously issued leases would be modified to follow 2015 U.S. Forest Service regulations.

The BLM is reviewing 65 oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest because they were deemed inconsistent with a 1993 U.S. Forest Service plan. They include 25 Thompson Divide leases that it has proposed completely or partially canceling.

Under the new plan 27 leases would continue under the old rules and 13 would be updated.


Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/

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