Drilling atop the Roan Plateau has been a hot topic for years but it goes on, but one company has taken steps to improve access and mitigation to the coveted area.
The Roan Plateau is as rich in beauty as it is in natural gas and of course oil shale.
But it's also remote and difficult to access, that is until Williams Oil and Gas spearheaded a 4-mile long road project north of Parachute which includes a 3,200 foot tunnel that is saving time and money.
"What used to take three hours one direction, now takes 30 minutes and we hope to get cost savings of $40–70M over life of project," project manager Blake Roush said.
The $20M project was given the green light after years of energy traffic clogging up BLM public access roads up to the Roan.
"Due to traffic and safety concerns also savings it justified this," Roush said.
Nobody knows what the future holds for this pristine piece of Western Colorado but with just private use of the access roads, hunters, fishermen and outdoor lovers will be able to enjoy the area without the constant reminders of progress.