But environmental groups contend industry message is a lot of hot air

The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association says the initial production of a gas well just outside the controversial Thompson Divide is “prolific,” contending the output should cause the Bureau of Land Management to rethink its proposed action that will affect 65 existing leases in the area.

The well has produced 141,928 MCF (an abbreviation denoting 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas) since surface flowback operations began 21 days ago, with an average daily rate of 6,451 MCF, an association statement notes.

“The association believes that this and other recent successful exploration wells also provide the BLM and Forest Service another opportunity to fix the now-documented deficiencies in the analysis being used to justify a current proposed action to retroactively cancel and modify existing lease contracts,” says the statement released Tuesday.

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