Proposed BLM plan would protect Vermillion Basin |

Proposed BLM plan would protect Vermillion Basin

CRAIG – A proposed plan for managing land that oil and gas companies have eyed in northwest Colorado would protect the Vermillion Basin from energy development.

The Wilderness Society commended the decision Tuesday. A spokesman for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The Bureau of Land Management in 2007 released a draft plan for land managed by the Little Snake Field Office that suggested opening the 77,000-acre Vermillion Basin to energy leases.

After receiving public comments, the BLM on Tuesday released a proposed plan to protect the basin, prized for its wildlife habitat, sandstone cliffs and petroglyphs.

The BLM plans to open a 30-day protest period on the proposal in late July.

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