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Dear Editor,It seemed to be Groundhog Day again at last weeks BLMs public meeting on development alternatives for the Roan Plateau.Two years ago area citizens commented overwhelmingly and in record numbers to preserve the natural condition and prohibit any O & G or mineral developments on top of the plateau. And so did every town and city in the county!What happened? Did the BLM or DC not like our answer? Well, the BLM is back with another request for public comment on five alternative plans for the Roan Plateau. Only this time the BLM is promoting a compromise plan between development and conservation in the form of Alternative III, the BLMs preferred alternative.In fact, Alternative III is not a compromise at all as it only defers drilling on top of the plateau until an 80 percent drilling rate has been reached for wells on lower elevations. Instead, lets preserve the plateau permanently! Why should we enjoy the exceptional recreational opportunities in this spectacular area at our doorstep while denying the same to our kids and grandkids, leaving them at best a nicely landscaped park of drilling pads ?I urge all area citizens to study the five alternatives and send your comments before March 15 to: The BLM, attention Mr. Greg Goodenow, P.O. Box 1009, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.Please make your preference known again, not against responsible drilling but for the preservation of the Roan Plateau!Gerry VanderBeekGlenwood Springs


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