Roan Plateau, oil shale sections dumped from federal energy bill
DENVER ” Two Colorado provisions have been dumped from the federal energy bill that will be considered soon by the U.S. House.
The provisions were approved earlier this year by the House but aren’t in a compromise energy bill now up for a vote. The measures would have restricted oil and gas leases on top of the Roan Plateau in western Colorado and slowed down moves toward commercial-scale oil shale development.
Colorado energy industry officials are calling their removal a victory while Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation say they’ll keep pushing for the provisions, either in the Senate version of the bill or a separate funding measure.
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