Sierra Club puts Roan Plateau on list of endangered areas |

Sierra Club puts Roan Plateau on list of endangered areas

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A new listing by the Sierra Club of the 50 most-endangered places in the nation includes the Roan Plateau because of oil and gas drilling.The list, released this week, also includes the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, Valle Vidal in New Mexico, and the Red Desert of Wyoming, all of which need “urgent and bold action” to preserve them, according to the Sierra Club.The Bureau of Land Management is preparing a resource management plan for the Roan that includes potential natural-gas development on top of the plateau, which has already sparked heated dissent from local and national environmental groups.The Sierra Club said if natural-gas drilling is allowed on the plateau, “the area will see an estimated 33 to 50 percent decrease in its mule deer population and an elimination of 97 percent of the public lands with backcountry recreation opportunities.”

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