BLM gets second chance on Roan Plateau analysis

By: Andrew Reid Email
By: Andrew Reid Email

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) -- The Bureau of Land Management is getting a second chance to identify issues with the Roan Plateau environmental impact statement.

The first analysis was completed in 2006, giving the BLM an opportunity to lease out land on the plateau to oil and gas companies.

However, in a recent ruling, a judge said they did not account for a number of factors, such as air quality and directional drilling.

"We have these federal environmental laws for a reason, and it's that agencies need to consider all the impacts of their decisions. So if they're going to authorize aggressive oil and gas development, then they need to look at impacts to wildlife, impacts to wilderness lands, impacts to human health and air quality,” says Alison Flint, attorney with Earth Justice.

The BLM says they still want to hear from you even if you did not make to the Thursday night meeting. They are taking comments until March 30.

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