Ritter Asking For More Time On Roan Plan

Many parts of the Roan Plateau have for years been inhabited strictly by wildlife, but with energy production increasing it's causing concern at the state and Federal levels.

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Ritter and Senator Ken Salazar took in the views of the Roan and its areas of production by air.

The tour comes on the heels of a request to the Bureau of Land Management by the Governor's office for an additional 120 days to review the Roan Plateau plan for oil and gas drilling.

The request was denied by the Department of the Interior and with production pads going in at an alarming rate across the Western Slope, the law makers are saying consider the next 25 to 50 years.

"Think of moving from 5,000 wells now to 60,000 in that short time frame. It's important we ask the question, what do we want Western Colorado to look like?" Senator Salazar said.

Governor Ritter is exploring other options to not halt, but slow development on the Roan.