Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop and the Thompson Divide Coalition plan a campout next week when the Forest Service visits a proposed natural gas well site in the Thompson Divide.

Last month, SG Interests filed notice of plans to drill an exploratory well on one of its leases within the Wolf Creek gas storage area in the northwestern part of the Thompson Divide.

The Forest Service on Sept. 1 will conduct a site visit to evaluate the impact drilling might have on the surrounding area. That means biologists, ecologists, geologists, engineers, recreation planners, grazing experts and other agency staff, as well as representatives from SG Interests, will visit the proposed well site.

Wilderness Workshop and the Thompson Divide Coalition are organizing a campout at the proposed well site Aug. 31, the night before the site visit. “This will be a wonderful opportunity to get deep into the Thompson Divide and make a clear showing of support,” the workshop said.

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