Rally opposes oil, gas drilling | AspenTimes.com

Rally opposes oil, gas drilling

John Colson
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Opponents of gas drilling in the Thompson Divide region are staging a rally from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Two Rivers Park, located on the north side of the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.

The rally, organized by the Unified for Thompson Divide organization, will feature a barbecue, a river flotilla and a bicycle rally.

It is billed as an opportunity for Thompson Divide activists from around the region to gather and discuss the issues involved while listening to live music and partaking in a variety of other activities.

The Thompson Divide region comprises roughly 220,000 acres of mostly public lands in the backcountry southwest of Glenwood Springs, where several energy companies hold large leases to drill for natural gas and other hydrocarbons.

The industry, however, has run into opposition from local activists working with such organizations as the Thompson Divide Coalition and the Wilderness Workshop to prevent the drilling.

The barbecue will be anchored by free hamburgers from Crystal River Meats in Carbondale, a local business that has supported the Thompson Divide Coalition.

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