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LETTER: Time to rethink Roan energy decision

In the article on the Roan Plateau in the Post Independent on July 16, Tom Jankovsky stated that the Roan has been part of the federal Naval Oil Shale Reserve since the early 1900s. He noted that, “This is an area that was set aside by the federal government for energy development.” So what Tom?

In the early 1900s we didn’t know that the Roan would become very important as wildlife and cutthroat trout habitat. Also, the streams here are an important source of drinking water today; 54,600-plus leases have been granted for the Roan area. This was hardly foreseen over 100 years ago.

If we can revise our thinking on the five-year-old land use code for Garfield County, we can certainly take a closer look at a 100-year-old decision on how to use a fragile and important area in our county. Unlike the land use code, the wrong decision in this case will be permanent.



Barbara Larime

Glenwood Springs




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