Accountability on the Roan Plateau

Jan 24, 2018
In 2012 the Federal District Court set aside the BLM plan to allow oil and natural gas development on the biologically rich Roan Plateau. Ordering the agency to take another look, the court ruled that the BLM failed to sufficiently address cumulative effects of drilling on air quality and failed to consider potential ozone impacts. A settlement was reached that removes the threat of drilling from much of the top of the Roan and keeps drilling off parts of the base through "no surface occupancy" or by closing it to leasing. And in January 2015, the Obama Administration formally withdrew the contested leases from the Roan.
The BLM is seeking public comments until Feb. 8 on plans by Terra Rocky Mountain LLC to develop up to 63 gas leases west of Rifle., Colorado. The leases Terra proposes to develop as part of the Balzac Gulch Phase II Master Development Plan are among those included in the Roan Plateau 2015 settlement. Our conservation partners will be reviewing the proposal to ensure terms of the settlement are being met