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A fresh review of drilling the Roan Plateau

In 2008, the Bureau of Land Management disregarded the views of many Coloradans and opened up more than 55,000 acres of the Roan Plateau on the Western Slope to drilling.

Reacting to the lease plan at the time, Gov. Bill Ritter called it a "sad day" for Colorado. "It's a missed opportunity — one we will never get back," he said.

As the adage goes, never say never.

The Associated Press reported last week the BLM will perform a new environmental analysis on drilling on the plateau. That move, which comes after a judge ruled last summer that the agency failed to follow proper protocol the first time around, could result in a range of new options for drilling — including re-opening the lease sale or an outright drilling ban.

Read full text: Denver Post

Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2013