Feds defend drilling plan for Colo.’s Roan Plateau | VailDaily.com

Feds defend drilling plan for Colo.’s Roan Plateau

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Federal land managers are defending their plan for drilling on the Roan Plateau against claims that it violates environmental laws.

The Bureau of Land Management auctioned off energy leases covering nearly 55,000 acres of public land on the western Colorado landmark for a record $114 million in August.

A lawsuit by 10 environmental groups claims the agency’s environmental analysis of the potential impacts of development was inadequate. The BLM says its management plan includes several safeguards.

The Roan Plateau near Rifle is prized for its oil and natural gas deposits as well as its abundant wildlife and pristine backcountry.

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