Commissioners vote support for drilling at Roan Plateau |

Commissioners vote support for drilling at Roan Plateau

The Moffat County commissioners voted their support for environmentally responsible energy development at the Roan Plateau on Tuesday.

The Roan Plateau lies mostly in Garfield County.

The federal government once established it as the Naval Oil Shale Reserve.

But environmentalists describe it as one of the most ecologically diverse places in Colorado. They oppose drilling on top of the plateau.

“We are writing this letter because we feel both counties have significant similarities and the natural resource industries comprise a significant amount of our tax base,” the commissioners wrote.

“The standard of living and services which our residents benefit from and enjoy are directly tied to sustainable management of natural resource extraction and use.”

The public can comment on the Roan Plateau management plan until April 11 by writing to the Bureau of Land Management field office in Glenwood Springs. Address letters to Jamie Connell, field manager, P.O. Box 1009. Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

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