March 22, 2011
Shown here are natural gas well pads drilled below the rim of the Roan Plateau between Parachute and Rifle. Congressman Scott Tipton recently announced his intention to introduce legislation to free up and redistribute surplus royalty money collected from oil and gas drilling near the Roan Plateau previously designated as Naval Oil Shale reserve. Although Tipton has not yet introduced the legislation, dividing up the $50 million surplus among the federal government and four Northwest Colorado counties could land Moffat County up to $2.5 million.
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Possible legislation could provide windfall to Moffat County
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said he is optimistic recent federal legislative activity surrounding an oil shale development issue near the Roan Plateau could land the county anywhere from $1 million to $2.5 million. “The take home message is don’t give up hope because we haven’t,” the commissioner said. “And obviously Congressman (Scott) Tipton hasn’t.”