WW in the News

 

Recent media coverage of the Wilderness Workshop:

  • Thompson Divide meets the PhilippinesAspen Times, Dec, 15, 2014. Columnist Paul Andersen connects the dots between global climate change and the fossil fuels sitting under our backyard.
  • Roan gas lease settlement announcedGlenwood Springs Post Independent, Nov. 21, 2014. A long-running lawsuit filed by a coalition of conservation groups (including WW) results in an excellent settlement that protects most of the public lands on top of Roan Plateau from drilling.
  • Managing balance in the forestAspen Daily News, Oct. 19, 2014. Profile of Karen Schroyer, the new Aspen-Sopris District Ranger, touching on several issues of concern for WW.
  • Industry, environmentalists pile on the BLM lease commentsGlenwood Springs Post Independent, May 16, 2014. Public scoping comments on the BLM’s pending review of 65 oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest are overwhelmingly in favor of voiding or modifying the leases.
  • Wild – but worriedAspen Daily News, Aug. 3, 2014. Another 50th-anniversary-of-wilderness story, highlighting the challenges of managing popular hotspots such as Conundrum Hot Springs and the Maroon Lake area.
  • A Birthday Bash for a great ideaAspen Times, July 29, 2014. An op-ed by WW board president Karin Teague delivers a paean to the enduring values of wilderness.
  • Industry, environmentalists pile on the BLM lease commentsGlenwood Springs Post Independent, May 16, 2014. In the first phase of a process to decide what to do about 65 leases wrongly issued in the early 2000′s, predictably industry representatives blasted the review, while WW and the Thompson Divide Coalition urged the BLM to void the leases.
  • Public land users react to BLM proposal - Aspen Times, April 22, 2014. WW’s Peter Hart expresses satisfaction with more restrictive travel provisions in the BLM’s proposed new Resource Management Plan for our area.
  • Aspen speaks up for Thompson DivideAspen Times, April 18, 2014. The third of four public meetings being held by the BLM produces unanimous support for voiding 65 leases in the Thompson Divide and elsewhere.
  • Hunter Creek-Smuggler plan gets OKAspen Times, April 3, 2014. After two years of collaboration and compromise, the result is a recreation and forest plan for “Aspen’s backyard” that everyone can live with.
  • Lease review extends beyond Thompson DivideGlenwood Springs Post Independent, April 2, 2014. WW responds to BLM review process by demanding that the agency void 65 leases in and outside of the Thompson Divide.
  • SG seeks Thompson Divide lease extensions - Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Jan. 17, 2014 – WW staff attorney Peter Hart blasts the latest attempt by a company to hold onto leases that should have expired last year, and that never should have been issued in the first place.
  • Hunter-Smuggler plan survives scare - Aspen Times, Dec. 26, 2013 – In response to concerns raised by WW, proponents have agreed to modify a plan for forest-health and recreation projects in the Hunter Creek/Smuggler Mountain area, immediately north of Aspen. The Forest Service must still agree to the changes.
  • Bringing it Home: Fracking bans sweep state but not Thompson DivideAspen Times, Dec. 22, 2013 – Why WW and other groups campaigning to save the Thompson Divide aren’t getting drawn into the fracking debate.
  • Decision point for the Hunter-Smuggler planAspen Journalism, Dec. 12, 2013 – In-depth piece about the forest-health and recreation planning process for the popular area immediately north of Aspen, which WW has been attempting to influence for the better.
  • Activist: Test wells are ‘tip of the iceberg’ - Aspen Times, Nov. 23, 2013 – WW staff attorney Peter Hart warns that the test wells SG Interests is proposing drilling in the Thompson Divide would pave the way for much more extensive development.
  • Feds to review two Thompson Divide leases in roadless areas - Aspen Daily News, Oct. 24, 2013 – WW sounds the alarm about a company’s plans to drill on the south flank of Huntsman Ridge – a part of the Thompson Divide that was previously assumed to be safe because of its official roadless designation.
  • BLM settlement prompts new air analysis, online drilling updates - Aspen Daily News, Aug. 6, 2013 – Settling a lawsuit filed two years ago by WW and Earthjustice, the BLM agrees not to issue any more drilling permits on 1,000 wells  until it has conducted a more thorough review of the air pollution they would cause – a big win for our region’s air quality and public health.
  • Coal Basin lease to expire May 31Aspen Times, May 9, 2013 – SG Interests announces it will let one of its leases expire; WW calls the announcement a “publicity stunt” by the company to deflect criticism for its attempt to hold onto 18 other Thompson Divide leases that should have expired.
  • Appeals filed over Thompson Divide planAspen Times, May 7, 2013 – WW and three local governments file requests to the Colorado state BLM director asking her to reverse the April 9 lease suspension decision.
  • BLM extends Thompson Divide leasesAspen Times, Apr. 10, 2013 – WW blasts the decision as bailing out the energy-development industry rather than letting undeveloped leases that were sold illegally in the first place expire on schedule.
  • Mountain bike-servationElevation Outdoors, Apr. 1, 2013 – WW director Sloan Shoemaker is featured in an article about conservationists and mountain bikers finding common ground to protect natural landscapes both for recreation and ecological values.
  • Time to comment on Hunter-Smuggler planAspen Times, Apr. 1, 2013 – The Forest Service is seeking public comment on a management plan for the 4,000-acre area, following a two-year process that WW participated in.
  • Last-ditch effort or diligent development in Thompson Divide? - Glenwood Business Journal, Mar. 9, 2013 – Excellent article summarizing the issues surrounding proposed oil and gas development in the Thompson Divide, and reflecting the positions of the drilling opponents (WW, the Thompson Divide, Pitkin County), the leaseholders and the federal officials who will decide on the matter.
  • Legal battle over Thompson Divide takes shape - Aspen Times, Mar. 1, 2013 – WW, the Thompson Divide Coalition and Pitkin County lay down the gauntlet: oil and gas companies had 10 years to develop their leases in the Thompson Divide, they didn’t, time’s almost up, the leases should expire.
  • The return of the wolverine to Colorado? - Aspen Times, Feb. 5, 2013 – WW’s Will Roush is interviewed about the proposed listing of this carnivore under the Endangered Species Act, and the improved prospects for its reintroduction in Colorado.
  • Settlement rejected in region’s oil and gas bid-rigging case - Aspen Daily News, Dec. 21, 2012 – Siding with WW and other conservation groups, a federal judge throws out a proposed settlement with two natural gas drillers and tells the Department of Justice to come back with something that actually deters future bid-rigging.
  • Industry claims opponents want to ruin drilling plans in Thompson DivideGlenwood Springs Post Independent, Nov. 9, 2012 – They blame us for the fact that “leasing decisions made almost 10 years ago, including leases with producing wells, may have to undergo further environmental review and may be in jeopardy.” Poor drillers, they’re just not used to being held to the regulations!
  • WRNF acreage for gas drilling to shrink - Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Oct. 21, 2012 – A thorough article on the new oil & gas leasing plan being considered by the White River Forest; WW’s Peter Hart is quoted, advocating for a more restrictive scenario with no new leasing.
  • Gas drilling company works on keeping leasesGlenwood Springs Post Independent, Aug. 4, 2012 – Antero Resources proposes the Wolf Springs Unit to extend the life of its leases – yet another threat to the Thompson Divide.
  • Colorado roadless rule gets mixed reactionAspen Times, May 3, 2012 – WW criticizes the proposed new state-specific plan for giving second-class protection to many Forest Service lands, including seven roadless areas in the Thompson Divide.
  • Settlement in gas lease case draws local criticismAspen Daily News, April 24, 2012 – WW and four other groups are protesting the Department of Justice’s proposed settlement with two natural gas companies over bid-rigging, and want the DOJ to investigate other alleged violations involving Thompson Divide leases.
  • Time, economics against Thompson Divide drillingAspen Times, March 10, 2012 – What should have been the lead of this story is buried in the middle: WW’s Peter Hart reveals that gas leases in the Thompson Divide sold for hundreds of times less per acre than those in the gasfields around Rifle. Any reporters want to investigate why?
  • Trustees settle fight over community grantsGlenwood Springs Post Independent, Jan. 12, 2012 – Despite concern about supporting “politically active organizations,” the Carbondale Town Council voted to make grants to WW and the Thompson Divide Coalition.
  • Roadless rule decision could affect drilling in CarbondaleAspen Times, Oct. 22, 2011 – A federal appeals court decision on the 2001 Roadless Rule is potentialy very good news for the Thompson Divide, and a vindication of our long-term strategy of challenging the legitimacy of gas leases improperly let in inventoried roadless areas.
  • Thompson drilling decision ‘months away’Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, Oct. 3, 2011 – WW attorney Peter Hart explains why the BLM should deny a proposal to “unitize” 18 leases in the Thompson Divide.
  • PitCo tackling oil and gas regs againAspen Daily News, Sept. 2, 2011 – Stricter regs, drafted with help from WW’s Peter Hart, may be back on the table after a lull due to a litigation threat.
  • Forest travel plan upheld on appeal — with a caveatAspen Times, Aug. 9, 2011 – With appeals by both WW and by motorized user groups denied, the White River National Forest’s Travel Management Plan is now cleared for implementation. (Despite our appeal of some elements, we’re very satisfied with the final plan.)
  • Motorized user groups appeal forest travel planAspen Times, July 7, 2011 – Despite the headline, the article reports that the White River National Forest has received dueling appeals over its Travel Management Plan: from motorized groups wanting more trails, and from WW seeking to close some routes.
  • Rocky roadless Aspen Daily News, June 6, 2011 – Column on the Forest Service’s upcoming Colorado Roadless Rule open house, and WW’s public awareness campaign on the issue.
  • 1,211 miles of routes to be cut from WRNF Glenwood Springs Post Independent, May 5, 2011 – After 10 years of engagement in the process by WW, the White River National Forest releases an ecologically balanced Travel Management Plan.
  • The great divide Aspen Daily News, April 17, 2011 – News feature on gas leases in roadless areas and the ongoing effort to protect the Thompson Divide landscape, with quotes by WW’s Peter Hart and others.
  • Aron Ralston ‘Wins It’ for Wilderness WorkshopAspen Times, Feb. 22, 2011 – Ralston, author of the book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” and the inspiration for the film “127 Hours” (and a WW board member), talks about competing on the game show “Minute to Win It” to benefit the Wilderness Workshop.
  • As a forest dies, officials plan what’s nextNew West, Sept. 23, 2010 – In a story about the White River National Forest’s response to beetle kill, WW director Sloan Shoemaker expresses skepticism about human engineering of nature.
  • Oil industry wants input on county regsAspen Daily News, March 11, 2010 – Proposed stricter oil & gas regulations in Pitkin County, which WW has helped create, are challenged by industry.
  • Wild GenerationAspen Times, Jan. 18, 2010 – columnist Paul Andersen is inspired by the winners of WW’s student essay contest
  • Aspen Newsmakers of the YearAspen Times, Dec. 27, 2009 – WW executive director Sloan Shoemaker named No. 2 newsmaker of the year (right after our local bank robber/domestic terrorist)
  • Coalition seeks protections for remote PitCoAspen Daily News, April 15, 2009 – announcement of the Thompson Divide Coalition, which was incubated by WW to protect lands west of the Crystal River from gas drilling
  • SG seeks Thompson Divide lease extensions - Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Jan. 17, 2014 – WW staff attorney Peter Hart blasts the latest attempt by a company to hold onto leases that should have expired last year, and that never should have been issued in the first place.