The federal government is making more than 90 percent of the 2.2-million-acre White River National Forest off-limits to future energy exploration.
Hundreds of natural gas workers, contractors and their supporters say the Bureau of Land Management should not change dozens of energy leases it is reviewing, The Daily Sentinel reported Friday.
A public meeting is being held to discuss concerns over proposed oil and gas drilling around the Thompson Divide near Carbondale.
A western Colorado coalition is proposing a settlement to reimburse companies who own natural gas leases in the Thompson Divide area in exchange for protection from any further energy development there.
A conservation group worried about gas drilling in the Thompson Divide area is picking up efforts to see a member of Congress try to slow natural gas companies from using federal leases to start drilling.