- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Dozens of people gathered at a site visit by federal officials to the Thompson Divide area to protest the planned drilling of an exploratory well.

The Aspen Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1Vw4oT2 ) about 40 concerned citizens attended Tuesday’s peaceful protest as White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams discussed the Houston-based energy company SG Interests’ plan to drill the well.

The proposed site is in a meadow ranchers utilize for cattle grazing and others use to picnic, ride bikes or hike.

SG Interests owns valid leases allowing the right to drill for subterranean minerals in the area, but conservationists say extraction will cause harm to the precious land.

Fitzwilliams says U.S. Forest Service personnel are working with SG Interests to assess potential impacts that the well could have on the area.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, https://www.aspendailynews.com

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