A new round of debate is emerging in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s review of 65 oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest after a new geological report showed a greater prospect for natural gas resources in the region.

Industry interests, along with U.S. Rep. Bob Bishop, R-Utah, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, asked BLM officials both locally and in Washington, D.C., to reopen the public process after a draft environmental analysis was released earlier this year.

A final environmental impact statement is expected later this summer, and the BLM has said it plans to cancel 25 undeveloped leases in the sensitive Thompson Divide area southwest of Glenwood Springs and apply new restrictions to the remaining 40 leases located on forest lands farther west.

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