Energy development in Western Colorado

New environmental review on the Roan Plateau

April 3, 2013
Last month, the Bureau of Land Management announced plans for a new environmental review of natural gas exploration on public lands on the Roan Plateau, northwest of Rifle. In June, a District Court judge ruled that the agency's previous analysis did not adequately address cumulative air quality impacts, ozone impacts, and a citizen's alternative to the BLM's plan. The ruling came out of a lawsuit filed in 2008 by conservation groups represented by Earth Justice.

Michael Freeman is an attorney with Earth Justice and spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about what to expect from this next analysis and why the Roan Plateau is worth protecting.

The entire interview with Michael Freeman and Will Roush of Carbondale's Wilderness Workshop about natural gas drilling on the Roan Plateau and an update on the Thompson Divide is available in our news archives.
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And check out the entire interview with Michael Freeman and Will Roush of Carbondale's Wilderness Workshop--they talk about natural gas drilling on the Roan Plateau and give an update on the Thompson Divide.
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