At a meeting in Snowmass Village on Wednesday (3/6) Governor Hickenlooper said the Thompson Divide Coalition’s $2.5 million settlement offer on the Thompson Divide leases “makes perfect sense” adding: “If the local community is willing to raise $2 1⁄2 million, maybe the state government should match it. So therefore you have a real offer on the table, and now (with) that pressure maybe you get a transaction. And I think that’s a legitimate way to be partners with all the work that you guys are doing.”
Coincidentally at Wednesday night’s (3/6) Ursa meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Silt, Ursa’s Don Simpson (VP Business Development) said he was meeting with a representative of the Thompson Divide Coalition to “work things out” regarding the Thompson Divide leases and that the representative was present, but he didn’t introduce him.
In addition, the lease deal was mentioned Sunday (3/3) in the Aspen Business Journal article, Public reactions differ regarding Ursa Resources’ gas exploration:
“We all need to work together,” [Simpson] said, noting that the company has not ruled out selling Thompson Divide’s leases to the TDC and addressing concerns about drilling in Battlement’s PUD. “It’s better to work things out.”