The Thompson Divide Coalition launched a new website this week. Faces of the Thompson Divide is designed to capture the stories of the people behind the effort to protect more than 220,000 acres of public lands in the White River and Gunnison National Forests.
Thompson Divide contains 61 oil & gas leases on 106,000 acres, most of which are roadless areas.
Zane Kessler, executive director of the Thompson Divide Coalition said: “Faces of the Thompson Divide is another example of the broad-based coalition behind protecting the Thompson Divide.”
According to an article in today’s Daily Sentinel (which you can’t read unless you’re a subscriber), the website “drew a withering response” from David Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association, who “noted that natural gas remains an important fuel used even by opponents of drilling.”
Drilling the area also is an important part of the regional economy, said David Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association.
“We applaud the Thompson Divide Coalition’s effort to promote discussion about who lives in the greater Aspen area,” Ludlam said. “We’re excited to talk with coalition members about the natural gas they use, where it comes from and who should be producing it. This is an important discussion that residents of western Colorado deserve to have.”
The Thompson Divide Coalition is a collection of people from all walks of life united by one goal: protecting and preserving the Thompson Divide for the long term. Faces of the Thompson Divide is an effort to capture the stories of the people behind the movement — each has their own reasons, but all share a deep commitment to keeping the Thompson Divide the way it is: beautiful, pristine, protected.
From the Roaring Fork to the North Fork, and from the Crystal River to the Colorado River valleys – we all have a stake in keeping the Thompson Divide the way it is. The website is just another example of the broad-based coalition united by one goal: protecting and preserving the Thompson Divide for the long-term.
TDC invites you to check out the site and then add your own voice to the countless community members who are behind the effort to protect the Thompson Divide and the livelihoods the land supports. Submit your own story why the Thompson Divide is important to your livelihood, your business, or your community – click here.
Thompson Divide – county by county:
81,100 acres in Pitkin County
51,700 acres in Gunnison County
43,500 acres in Garfield County
30,500 acres in Mesa County
7,700 acres in Delta County