Attorney: Hopes dim in Roan Plateau suit talks

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - A change in ownership of energy leases on the Roan Plateau has dimmed hopes for a settlement in a lawsuit over plans to increase natural gas drilling on the western Colorado landmark.

Attorney Jim Angell, representing environmental groups in the lawsuit, says the new leaseholder's position in the negotiations doesn't give him hope that a settlement can be reached.

Denver-based Bill Barrett Corp. recently paid $60 million for leases held by vantage energy. The leases include public land deemed important wildlife habitat.

Federal officials and the company didn't immediately return requests for comment.

Ten groups are challenging plans for energy development on the Roan Plateau, which is prized for its oil and gas as well as wildlife and pristine backcountry.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 48917452 -
Gray Television, Inc.