Ritter expects to recommend changes to Roan Plateau plan
DENVER – Gov. Bill Ritter said he will likely recommend changes to a plan to open some of the public land on the Roan Plateau to natural gas development.Ritter has until the middle of the month to submit comments on the management plan released by the Bureau of Land Management in June.”Our recommendations will be a modification, or some may say a departure,” Ritter told The Denver Post. “I’ve never been a person opposed to drilling on the Roan. But we need to make sure any modifications are environmentally sound and we maximize the economic benefit to the state.”The BLM’s plan for the Roan Plateau in western Colorado that projects 193 well pads and 1,570 wells over 20 years, including 13 pads and 210 wells on top.The BLM delayed a decision on management of areas deemed environmentally sensitive – about 30 percent of the federal land – because the areas weren’t adequately described in the plan. That decision is pending.
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