BLM does add some additional protections for Thompson Creek and the Crown areas

The recent Bureau of Land Management land-use plan revisions didn’t go far enough to protect the affected areas from oil and gas development, a local environmental group said Thursday.

Will Roush, conservation director for the Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, said that the BLM shot down all 19 protests filed against draft resource management plans that were released last spring in its final Records of Decision (RODs).

“Our take was that they missed an opportunity to restore balance [to this BLM office’s land management practices],” he said Thursday.

Two of those protests were filed by Wilderness Workshop — along with partners the Wilderness Society, National Resource Defense Council, and the Western Environmental Law Center — that sought to mitigate oil and gas development in sensitive wilderness areas.

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