Feds to restart Roan Plateau drilling study

George Frey | Bloomberg

Colorado officials will reopen studies regarding drilling of the Roan Plateau.

The federal government is launching another round of studies into the hotly debated issue of whether Colorado’s Roan Plateau on the Western Slope should be opened to drilling.

The new study, called the Roan Plateau Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, is in response to a U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger’s ruling last June that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued drilling leases in 2008 under a flawed management plan.

Krieger, who directed the BLM to try again, said the agency’s plan didn’t adequately address air quality issues or a suggestion that energy companies drill for natural gas directionally, from the sides of the plateau, rather than from the top of the plateau.

“We’ll look at the full range of alternatives and we want to hear form anyone on issues they think we should address in this EIS,”David Boyd, a spokesman for the BLM in Western Colorado, said Monday.

The agency on Monday announced two open house meetings — on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Silt and Thursday, Feb. 28, in Grand Junction to kick off the study.

Read the full story at the Denver Business Journal.

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