Roan on the auction block

BLM set to open Colorado plateau to gas drilling despite broad opposition

 

 

Unless a last-ditch lawsuit filed by environmental groups is successful, the Bureau of Land Management will lease 55,000 acres of Colorado's most biodiverse lands to the energy industry on August 14. The Roan Plateau, which sits atop one of the largest natural gas reserves in the state, has become an icon in the battle over energy extraction in Colorado. BLM officials say their plan will protect the watersheds and wildlife habitat on the plateau, but a coalition of citizen groups, sportsmen, environmentalists and government officials -- including Gov. Bill Ritter -- are pushing for stricter regulations. The leasing of Roan will mark the end of a seven year battle.

Roan gas drilling
Ellen Karnowski
Ellen Karnowski
Aug 11, 2008 03:55 PM
The Roan is about to be mismanaged by the Bureau of Land Management. The Roan is "biologically diverse" and needs to be protected. I certainly hope the "last ditch" lawsuit is successful, or that a compromise can be reached. One-half mile intervals between drilling sites is not sufficient. Can't some of the drilling occur on the "winter range" that is already leased-there is 18,000 acres available there. The genetically pure species that exist on the Roan site are rare and endangered!
Documentary Film A Land Out of Time
Laurel Garrett
Laurel Garrett
Aug 13, 2008 01:13 PM
The Bush Administration's rush to drill public lands on the Roan Plateau and throughout the Rocky Mountain West is documented in the award-winning film, A Land Out of Time (2006). The film gives voice to authentic Westerners--outfitters, hunters and ranchers--on the land for generations who are pushing back against a short sighted energy policy to save some of the West's last, best places. The short version of the film (10:00) may be viewed on line at http://www.alandoutoftime.com/seethefilm.html and a DVD containing both the feature length (53:00) and short versions of the film may be purchased there for $8.95. The film was an official selection at 16 film festivals in the U.S. and internationally and toured nationally with Wild & Scenic and Telluride Mountain Film. The film's producers invite interested groups to host screenings of the film without charge. Laurel Garrett, Co-Producer, Maroon Creek Productions
Oil and Gas Development
Andy Wakefield
Andy Wakefield
Aug 18, 2008 01:56 AM
Oil and gas development is perhaps second only to water issues in importance to the Intermountain West. The conflict-of-interest of having Bush and Cheney oversee our public lands is written in the thousands (tens-of-thousands?) of oil and gas wells that have been streamlined on BLM land in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Oil and gas is the Intermountain West's version of clear-cut forests in the Pacific Northwest. This issue interconnects unpopulated public lands (like the Roan Plateau), Indian Reservations, and finally into cities throughout the West.

The issue also raises governmental management and corporate entitlement questions. With oil and gas development on our public lands we have a sort of Governmental-Industrial partnership that uses tax money (the public's money) to benefit private interests (oil and gas developers). This absurdity is compounded when we consider that BLM land and resources belong to the public. In this scenario, we now have private interests profiting from both public resources as well as public tax money, whether it is in the form of tax breaks or BLM money spent to facilitate oil and gas development.
Protest Gas Drilling - Colorado Plateau
Suzanne O'Meara
Suzanne O'Meara
Aug 18, 2008 01:56 AM
This is a short note to protest about the drilling on the natural Colorado Plateau , & it would be better to ban such actions in all special places once & for all.