We want to thank Sen. Bennet for introducing the bill and Sen. Udall for supporting it – hopefully this will keep the wild elk and blue-ribbon trout streams in the Thompson Divide safe for generations to come!
“This bill to manage the pristine Thompson Divide area reflects the voices of stakeholders and Coloradans in the surrounding communities who live, work, and recreate in the area and rely on it for their livelihoods,” Bennet said in a March press release introducing the bill. “After receiving overwhelming support for the bill, it’s clear that it represents a popular approach that protects the land – and the local economies tied to it – from future energy development, while also acknowledging and respecting the rights of current leaseholders.”
Background: In 2003, leases for oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide area were sold with little to no environmental review or public input. Drilling on these leases would disrupt wildlife in the area, as well as harm the region’s ranchers, who depend on the open spaces to graze their cows. Sen. Bennet’s bill would withdraw those leases, and keep the Thompson Divide safe from drilling.
Learn more about the importance of the Thompson Divide in our Too Wild To Drill Report.