April 22, 2024

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Biden blocks mining, drilling on 221,000 acres in Thompson Divide

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A decadeslong fight to halt extractive industry in the Thompson Divide won a decisive victory Wednesday as the Biden administration removed nearly a quarter-million acres of federal land across four Colorado counties from mining and energy development for the next two decades. 

The 20-year withdrawal of 221,898 acres of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land in the Thompson Divide from south of Glenwood Springs to Crested Butte is part of a promise made by President Joe Biden when he designated the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument on Tennessee Pass in 2022. 

Environmental, ranching and recreational groups have spent several decades working to protect the Thompson Divide, which offers a critical migration corridor to wildlife and ranks as one of the…

Jason Blevins

2024-04-03 15:24:33

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