DENVER — The federal government is prohibiting energy exploration in most of the White River National Forest.
A new document from the Forest Service limits exploration to less than one-tenth of the 2.2 million acre forest. The government says more than 1 million acres are not suitable for energy exploration anyway. The remaining million acres are being protected. That’s a swath that includes The Thompson Divide between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. Environmental activists and local governments had lobbied to forbid energy exploration there.
Environmentalists cheered the decision while energy companies said it was excessive.
The White River National stretches across central Colorado from the continental divide to the western slope.