Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Salazar says go easy on Roan Plateau

The fight over what to do with western Colorado's Roan Plateau, which is rich in roadless wilderness and natural gas stores, is far from over. High-ranking politicos are urging compromise.
The AP reported this today:

"the public should have an opportunity to comment on the final plan for management of the Roan Plateau near Rifle.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, (Sen. Ken) Salazar, D-Colo., said the public never had a chance to weigh in on a natural gas drilling proposal expected to be included in the plan.
The Bureau of Land Management, part of the federal Department of the Interior, is hoping to release the final Resource Management Plan Amendment by late August. "

Salazar suggests delaying the release by 60 days to allow for public input on the final plan before its adoption. He favors a compromise plan that would allow drilling, but limit the number of roads and drill pads.

The high plateau is a rarely visited realm of aspen glens and hidden waterfalls. For anyone who might want to get a look before various energy companies light the place up like a birthday candle, use the trail descriptions HERE from my visit last summer. Now is the perfect time to visit, as the waterfalls will all be going full force.

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