AGNC opposes Thompson withdrawal bill |

AGNC opposes Thompson withdrawal bill

RIFLE, Colorado – The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) released a position statement Tuesday stating its opposition to proposed legislation withdrawing lands in the Thompson Divide area from future gas leasing.

The Thompson Divide Withdrawal Act has been drafted by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who is currently seeking public comment on the proposed legislation.

In a press release, AGNC stated, “The bill, if enacted, would have the effect of a de-facto wilderness bill, excluding discussion and possible reasonable development of mineral resources.”

The organization’s release asks, “Is it wise to take a large swath of minerals and close out even the consideration of balanced use?

“The bill would lock out, on a permanent basis, possible balanced mineral use in a massive area,” the statement adds.

AGNC is a five-county organization with government and business sector members in Mesa, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat and Routt counties. Scott McInnis, a former Third District congressman, is the organization’s director.

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