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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Sen. Bennet proposes bill to protect Thompson Divide

Courtesy of Senator Michael Bennet/Instagram @SenBennetCO

Carbondale environmental and community groups are applauding a bill that would permanently protect Thompson Divide from oil and gas development.


Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet introduced the legislation Wednesday. Watchdog groups like the Thompson Divide Coalition and Wilderness Workshop issued statements of support, saying the bill is good for both public lands and for the local economy.

There are about 10,000 acres near the Sunlight Ski Area that would also be protected; the oil company SG Interests has proposed new drilling in this area.

Wilderness Workshop attorney Peter Hart said in a press release that SG Interests would get credits that could be used toward leases elsewhere.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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