From the Associated Press:
Oil and gas industry supporters in Colorado say there is conspiring against the gas drilling industry.
They are accusing environmentalists, government officials and sympathetic federal agencies of conspiring to sabotage the industry's plans to drill on federal lands in Thompson Divide.
According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://tinyurl.com/bj7lrrt ), two gas industry trade groups sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management claiming the agency's review process for drilling rights is being deliberately delayed, forcing gas leases to expire.
The Thompson Divide includes 220,000 acres of federal land from Carbondale to McClure Pass crossing Pitkin, Gunnison, Garfield, Mesa and Delta counties.
Conservationists want the Thompson Divide protected from drilling. Lawmakers are working on legislation to prevent future mineral leasing in the area and offer companies reimbursement if they trade in existing leases.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
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Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.