Oil & Gas Defense 2018-05-19T20:52:19+00:00

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OIL & GAS DEFENSE

Inappropriate natural gas development threatens ecological values on Colorado’s western slope. Led by staff attorney Peter Hart, our Oil & Gas Defense Program’s goal is to prevent or minimize the adverse impacts of energy development on these lands. Wilderness Workshop often partners with other local, regional and national groups to push back against damaging energy development. We file comments, protests, appeals, and – if necessary –  lawsuits, all to ensure that nature is given due consideration in the decision-making process. We mobilize our members and the public in support of our positions.

Our Program is most active on a few geographical “hot spots” in the region:

❱ The Thompson Divide
❱ The Roan Plateau
❱ The North Fork

We also combat administrative assaults on healthy public lands through our policy advocacy. Examples include upholding the Obama-era BLM Methane Waste Rule, fighting back against attempts to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act and Freedom of Information Act, and preventing the transfer of oil and gas management to states, among others.

To learn more about our current campaigns and what you can do to help, visit Local Action Alerts and Capital Watch.

Oil & Gas Defense

CURRENT ISSUES

OIL & GAS MANAGEMENT PLANS

We engage in long term administrative planning processes that govern how and where oil and gas leasing and development will be allowed on local public lands. We work closely with the Bureau of Land…

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NORTH FORK
ALLIANCE

We are working hard to protect roadless areas in portions of the Thompson Divide over McClure Pass where oil and gas companies are hanging on to old leases that they haven’t actually developed. The companies…

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ROAN
PLATEAU

Rising 3,000 feet above the Colorado River Valley, the Roan Plateau is a visually stunning, undeveloped island of public land surrounded by intense gas drilling activity. It is one of the three most biologically diverse…

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REGIONAL
AIR QUALITY

Oil and gas development has become a major contributor to air pollution in the intermountain west. Parts of rural Colorado now violate federal ozone standards, largely because of drilling. Ozone (smog) is linked to…

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DEFENSE OF BLM
METHANE RULE

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adopted a new regulation in November 2016 to reduce wasteful venting, flaring, and leaking of natural gas from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands. Natural gas is…

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