SILT, Colorado - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold two scoping sessions this week aimed at gathering public input concerning oil and gas drilling on the Roan Plateau near Rifle.
The sessions are part of a renewed environmental impact statement (EIS) analysis of plans for oil and gas leasing on the plateau.
An earlier EIS, written in 2008, was overturned due to lawsuits by several environmental organizations, which convinced U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger that the EIS was flawed and needed to be done again.
On Feb. 27, the public is invited to participate in a scoping session at the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road west of Silt.
On Feb. 28, a second session will be held at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.
Each meeting is scheduled to run from 4-7 p.m.
The BLM also is accepting written comments on the EIS, which can be submitted by email to email@example.com, or by mail to BLM, Colorado River Valley Field Office, Roan Plateau Comments, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO, 81652.
Deadline for all comments is March 30.