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Comments are in for BLM oil and gas leases

Jan 8, 2016

Looking towards the Thompson Divide.
Credit Elise Thatcher

  The BLM is sorting through tens of thousands of comments on what to do about certain oil and gas leases. The 65 leases include 25 on the Thompson Divide.

Friday was the deadline for comments, and late that day, agency spokesman David Boyd said more than 50,000 had been submitted so far. “The vast majority of those are emails from across the country,” he explained.  “[They] support canceling leases in the Thompson Divide or canceling all 65 leases.” There are also detailed comments against such an approach, especially from industry groups. The BLM aims to have a final decision by the fall.