An oil and gas industry group on Tuesday said a well on private land less than a mile from the Thompson Divide boundary had shown “prolific initial natural gas production” that illustrates why federal agencies are wrong to restrict future drilling within the Divide.
“The Thompson Divide area well is another Mancos-shale mammoth,” said David Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association. “This Thompson Divide region well indicates the energy resources owned by the American public continue to be even more valuable and prolific than we ever imagined a decade ago.”
Zane Kessler, executive director of the Thompson Divide Coalition, which seeks to bar drilling in the 220,000-acre area south and west of Glenwood Springs, countered that “WSCOGA is mixing apples with oranges in an attempt to mislead the BLM and the general public.
“This Mancos well is also in an area with existing roads and infrastructure, unlike the remote roadless areas of the Thompson Divide,” Kessler said.