B.L.M. Working On Roan Plateau Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management's Resource Advisory Council hears details of an innovative state proposal for managing resources on the Roan Plateau while allowing natural gas exploration in the disputed area. The Roan Plateau is prized by energy companies for its' abundant supply of natural gas, but the area is also home to a diverse wildlife population.

The area is also an increasingly popular destination for recreation. The Bureau of Land Management has put out a plan listing numerous alternatives for managing the plateau. With the preferred alternative being a moratorium on drilling until 80 per cent of the region's slopes have been explored for energy the proposal by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources would allow the top of the plateau to be explored for natural gas, but only one per cent of the land could be disturbed at any one time.

The D.N.R. proposal would require drilling sites be reclaimed before drilling could begin at another location. It would also limit drilling to the winter in some particularly sensitive ecosystems on the plateau.

A decision on which management alternative will be implemented for the Roan Plateau is expected in about six months.

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