Rep. Udall Tours Roan Plateau, Calls for Responsible Drilling

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During a visit to Grand Junction Saturday, U.S. Representative Mark Udall took an airplane tour over the Roan Plateau.

The Congressman has been at the center of the firestorm surrounding natural gas drilling atop the natural landmark. Udall says he's in favor of drilling, but not at the expense of damaging the environment.

He says he supports the plan laid out by Governor Bill Ritter, which calls for leasing out sites in specific areas, and only leasing out so many at one time. That plan was rejected by the Bureau of Land Management, but Udall says he hopes push it through Congress and turn it into federal law.

"It's truly a unique resource," said Rep. Udall. "It really defines all of us who love Western Colorado. There's no reason we can't develop the gas in a responsible way and also protect surface areas at the top of the Roan."

Udall says he is working with other members of the Colorado delegation to get the legislation passed.

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