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CARBONDALE, Colo. (AP) - A public meeting is being held to discuss concerns over proposed oil and gas drilling around the Thompson Divide near Carbondale.

Those attending Wednesday's meeting include representatives of the natural gas industry, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, community groups and local governments.

Conservationists have tried to protect the area from drilling because of its wildlife habitat, scenery and concerns over the possible effect on organic farms.

There are currently numerous applications to drill in the area, as well as requests by the gas industry to extend leases that are about to expire.