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Mar 7, 2013 9:48 PM by Juice Godfrey

Hickenlooper opposes Thompson Divide drilling

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is siding with local opposition over proposed oil and gas drilling around the Thompson Divide near Carbondale.

According to the Aspen Daily News, Hickenlooper said Wednesday the area is a beautiful landscape that should not be developed.

Conservationists have tried to protect the area from drilling because of its wildlife habitat, scenery and concerns over the possible effect on organic farms.

There are currently numerous applications to drill in the area, as well as requests by the gas industry to extend leases that are about to expire.

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