POST INDEPENDENT - 8/12/11 Valuable View of Thompson Divide

Aug 12, 2011



Eco-flight provided valuable view of Thompson Divide

On July 25, Eco-flight of Aspen flew 18 University of Colorado at Boulder students enrolled in INVST Community Leadership Program over the Thompson Divide area to demonstrate the pristine beauty of the area and the need for protection from oil and gas development.

During the summers, the students in the program travel together for a month-long summer service learning experience. Their mission is to develop community leaders who are committed to working for social and environmental justice and sustainability.

The first of these experiences focuses on domestic issues, specifically those affecting the Rocky Mountain West. The students hear from a variety of perspectives concerning pressing questions related to energy production, transmission and consumption, as well as resource management and environmental and human impacts of strategies of preservation, conservation and various approaches to development.

As they gain first-hand experience of the complexity of these issues, students grapple with the ethical dimensions of the decisions we face as communities and as a society.

The Thompson Divide area was selected because of the need for protection from oil and gas development. There is currently a unitization proposal with the BLM, proposed by SG Interests, that would lead to development of 18 leases covering most of the 32,000 acres in the area. BLM will make a decision by the end of the year as to the future of these leases.

Thank you to Bruce Gordon, Jane Pargiter and John Eaton for their generosity and time in providing a unique experience for the students, and for bringing more awareness to the Thompson Divide Coalition.

For more information, please call (970) 355-4223 or

Laurie Lindberg Stevens