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Video: Prime Colorado Trout Watersheds Under Threat from Gas and Oil Drilling

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June 06, 2013

Video: Prime Colorado Trout Watersheds Under Threat from Gas and Oil Drilling

By Tim Romano

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about the Thompson Divide here in Colorado. It's an undeveloped backcountry area just west of the Roaring Fork Valley and is home to many productive and pristine native cutthroat trout watersheds as well as one of the most productive elk habitats in the state. Unfortunately for hunters and anglers here as well as out of state visitors, energy development is creeping in.  Almost half of the 220,000-acre area has been leased for natural gas development. I'll be blunt and say that I'd like some help working out a reasonable solution to development in the area.

The video above was made by my friend Josh Duplechian and features two of my friends and colleagues that depend on this wilderness area to make a living.

As my friend Josh says, "To some, the Thompson Divide is their backyard. They rely on the area for their livelihood; their water; their recreation; their piece of mind. We want you to know these people, to hear their stories, to know why the fish, the elk, and the vistas are worth much more than meets the eye."

I realize that energy development is a tricky thing. I drive a car and heat and cool my home, but some areas are simply not worth the risk. This, in my opinion is one of those areas.

So, if you're inclined to help and want to come visit or have been to the Thompson Divide some day help a brother out and write or call Senator Michael Bennet and express your support for the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act.

458 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5852

You can also visit the Senator’s website to become a citizen co-sponsor of the legislation and express your support for protecting the Thompson Divide with your Congressional Representative.

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