Success Story 2016

Thompson Divide

Thompson Divide, CO
Thompson Divide
Thompson Divide Coalition
33,000 acres protected from oil and gas development

The Thompson Divide Coalition worked closely with community stakeholders to advocate for the cancellation of illegally issued oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area of Colorado’s White River National Forest.  In November 2016, the BLM canceled 25 leases, permanently protecting 33,000 acres of public land from oil and gas development.  In addition, the Thompson Divide Coalition helped restrict surface drilling and construction of new roads in the 2015 White River National Forest oil and gas leasing planning process. Hunting, ranching and recreational uses in the Thompson Divide support 300 jobs and $30 million in annual economic activity for surrounding communities.