Thompson Divide drilling plans subject of public meeting
A public meeting concerning proposed oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale will be hosted by the Pitkin County commissioners on Wednesday, Feb. 27, starting at 6 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall.
The public will be addressed by representatives of the natural gas industry, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, community groups and local governments.
The Pitkin County commissioners are hosting the event, according to a statement from commission chairman George Newman, “to bring all sides of the Thompson Divide natural gas issue together to give them an opportunity to educate, and hear from, the public.”
There are currently numerous applications to drill in this area, as well as requests by the gas industry to extend the lives of leases that are about to expire.
“This is a critical time for this area of high country between Glenwood Springs and McClure Pass,” said Newman. “Since most of the applications are in Pitkin County, we want to be sure the public understands what’s involved in these drilling and extension requests before decisions are made,” Newman said.
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For more information on the meeting, call Pitkin County community relations officer Pat Bingham, 920-5204.
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