Sen. Salazar changing tactics on Roan |

Sen. Salazar changing tactics on Roan

Dennis Webb
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE ” With hopes of protecting the Roan Plateau in an energy bill fading, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar said Wednesday he instead is pushing for a gas leasing moratorium on the Roan in other legislation.

Salazar, D-Colo., said in a news conference that Republican leaders involved in energy bill negotiations are refusing to accept a House energy bill provision that would prevent drilling from occurring on the top of the Roan, northwest of Rifle.

He said Democrats may not have the votes needed to include the Roan provision in the energy bill. The same goes for another House provision that calls for slowing down the process leading to possible oil shale development in western Colorado.

Salazar said he may push to include a one-year moratorium on leasing on the Roan in an Interior Department appropriations bill. He said the goal would be to provide time to devise a new Bureau of Land Management plan for the Roan that is more sensitive to the environmental values that should be protected there, and would maximize the return of revenues from any gas extraction.

“We may not prevail on this but we are putting up the best fight that we can,” he said.

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