DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 — On Thursday November 17, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze will join Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to announce the final decision related to oil and gas development in Colorado’s White River National Forest.

Earlier this year, the BLM released a final environmental impact assessment analyzing 65 oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest, including Thompson Divide, that had been issued from 1995 to 2012. BLM manages the subsurface oil and gas resources in the National Forest, while the USDA’s Forest Service manages the surface leasing decisions.

Who:    Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
             Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management
             John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado

When:             Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Where:           Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave., Denver

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