Colo.: Drilling foes protest |

Colo.: Drilling foes protest

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Opponents of drilling on the Roan Plateau have turned in more than 17,000 protests of the federal plan to open public land on the western Colorado landmark to gas development.

About 40 people at a news conference in Glenwood Springs Wednesday said the protests reflect area communities’ desire for stronger protections for the Roan.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering oil and gas leases on about 55,000 acres of public land on the plateau in an Aug. 14th auction in Denver. Wednesday was the deadline for filing protests.

A federal plan projects drilling 1,570 wells from 193 sites, or well pads, on the public land on the plateau over 20 years. The BLM rejected Gov. Bill Ritter’s proposal to make more the land off-limits to development.

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