New EIS replaces antiquated 1993 version

The White River National Forest has released its final Record of Decision (ROD) for future oil and gas leasing on 2.2 million acres with only a few changes from a draft released a year ago.

The decision finalizes the analysis that revises the WRNF’s 1993 oil and gas leasing final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and record of decision (ROD), according to a Forest Service statement.

The ROD emphasizes the conservation of roadless areas and the “existing natural character of the White River National Forest while providing oil and gas development opportunities on lands that have proven to be productive in the past 15-20 years,” the statement added.

Much of the White River National Forest including the majority of the Thompson Divide area will now be off limits to future oil and gas development.

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