Glenwood Springs—Concerned citizens are encouraged to comment on a couple of oil and gas-related issues in Garfield County.  Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management is hosting public meetings on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement analyzing 65 existing oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest that includes the Thompson Divide.  The E-I-S presents five alternatives that range from maintaining the status quo to canceling the leases entirely.  The first public meeting is scheduled for December 14th from 4 to 7pm at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.  The next two meetings will be at Debeque Elementary School on the 15th and the following day at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, also from 4 to 7.  Written comments will be accepted until January 8th.  On the western end of the county, Ursa Operating Company is looking to develop two natural gas well pads and co-located pipelines within the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development.  Battlement Mesa Land Investments and surface owners, Battlement Mesa Partners are also involved in the project.  The Garfield County Board of Commissioners will hold a special public hearing next Tuesday morning, the 15th at 9am at the Grand Valley Recreation
Center Gymnasium.