Legislation & Letters of Support

The Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act of 2013

Senator Michael Bennet introduced legislation for the management of Thompson Divide on March 22, 2013. Senator Bennet’s bill offers a middle-ground solution to the ongoing conversation about Thompson Divide’s future. It presents an option that would withdraw unleased public minerals in the area from future oil and gas development while also preserving existing private property rights for current leaseholders. The bill also creates an opportunity for existing leases to be retired should they be donated or sold by willing owners.

Read the bill and view the map below.

Thompson Divide Withdrawal & Protection Act of 2013
Bennet Draft Map


Letters of Support for Thompson Divide Coalition

Our efforts to secure permanent protection from oil and gas development of Federal lands in the Thompson Divide area has garnered robust support from the community. The Thompson Divide Coalition has gained support from local businesses, organizations, associations, agencies, townships, municipalities, and counties throughout the Western Slope. To date, we have received letters of support from:

County & Municipality Support

- Garfield Board of County Commissioners
- Gunnison Board of County Commissioners
- Pitkin Board of County Commissioners
- City of Aspen
- Town of Basalt
- Town of Carbondale
- Town of Crested Butte
- Town of Carbondale Environmental Board
- City of Glenwood Springs
- Redstone Community Association
- Town of Snowmass Village

Organization & Association Support

- Aspen Valley Land Trust
- Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance
- Colorado Backhunters and Anglers
- Colorado Mountain Club
- Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association
- Division of Wildlife
- Colorado Department of Wildlife Study. December 2009
- International Mountain Bicycling Association
- Mount Sopris Nordic Council
- National Wildlife Federation
- North Thompson Cattlemen Association
- Roaring Fork Audubon Society
- Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club
- Roaring Fork Conservancy
- Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association
- Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
- Trout Unlimited
- West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway
- Wilderness Workshop

Business Support

- A4 Architects
- Alchemy of Skin
- Allyn Harvey Communications
- Art Gallery
- Art Glass
- Artistic Ironworks
- Avalanche Ranch
- Big Mamma Cookin
- Brad Zeigel Arhitects
- Business World Brokers
- Carbondale Wood Shop
- Cedar Ridge Ranch
- Cold Mountain Ranch
- Crystal River Meats
- DeNev Designs
- Don Ensign Planner
- Fothergill Financial Services
- Granna Bread Co.
- Hagman Architects
- High Country Appraisal
- Holistic healing Clinic
- Homes & Land
- Joy Blong, CMT
- Lyon Glass
- Main St. Liquors
- Mountain Medicine Directory
- Nancy Clough Tailors
- Outdoor Baby
- Passions of the Fly
- RA Electric
- Rainy Day Design
- Richard Wells Dentist
- RJ Mineo Finehomebuilding
- RJ Paddwacks
- Roaring Fork Blacksmith
- Roaring Fork Building
- S. Keating Jewelry Design
- Soil Remediation
- Solar Energy International
- Sopris Shouters, LLC
- Sunfire Ranch
- The Stevens Group
- The Yoga Space
- True North Management
- Water Gap Ranch
- ZGTec