Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 3:25 pm
The Bureau of Land Management, environmentalists, and the energy industry have reached an agreement on a proposal to drill for oil and gas on the Roan Plateau. The new plan cancels 17 out of 19 oil and gas leases that were issued in 2008. Two previous leases at the top of the plateau, and a dozen at the base will remain in place.
"These measures allow us to protect the plateau but harness some of the energy resources," said Governor John Hickenlooper.
Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:00 pm
Natural Gas drilling in an area near Carbondale known as the Thompson Divide is still a possibility, despite protest from many local residents. The group trying to stop it is hopeful a Forest Service plan, due out later this summer, will prevent future drilling.
The Bureau of Land Management has wrapped up its comment period about the leases under question in the White River National Forest.
The BLM is currently running an Environmental Impact Study on some existing oil and gas leases, leases they’ve already given out.
"The BLM is looking at 65 existing leases on the White River National Forest," said David Boyd, a BLM spokesman. "BLM either needs to adopt the Forest Service analysis, or do our own. Back in '93, we did not do either of those, so we're we're doing this Environmental Impact Study now to address that."
Just weeks after the Bureau of Land Management announced it would consider some community-developed ideas for managing public lands in the agency's Uncompaghre region, concerned citizens and stakeholders from the North Fork Valley met with Delta County Commissioners in Delta.