Pitkin County Colorado urges White River National Forest to close forest lands to oil and gas leases:
Pitkin County is urging the White River National Forest to close forest lands to future oil and gas leasing as existing leases expire. The 2.3 million-acre forest in northwest Colorado surrounds Aspen and Pitkin County and is important to tourism and recreation in the county, says a letter outlining the county’s stand on oil and gas leasing in the White River. “Given the significant amount of oil and gas that has been produced on the Western Slope over the last 15 years, we request that consideration be given to analysis of the socio-economic and resource benefits of administratively closing lands to future leasing,” reads the letter, tweaked by county commissioners on Tuesday. All five commissioners intend to sign it.