I support the proposed Administrative Mineral Withdrawal for the Thompson Divide and thank the Forest Service for working to provide meaningful protection for these spectacular public lands in the White River and Gunnison National Forests.
The Thompson Divide in Western Colorado is a landscape rich with expansive aspen groves and old-growth spruce-fir forests. Black bears, mule-deer and elk herds are prodigious because with the surrounding areas, the Thompson Divide constitutes one of the largest expanses of unfragmented, roadless forests in the state.
Developing land for oil and gas drilling can devastate the environment. It often requires tearing down forests to build roads, importing heavy machinery, and initiating a steady stream of trucks to carry in millions of gallons of water and fracking fluid. This kind of destructive activity has no place in the Thompson Divide.