Goddard believes that sacrificing the Roan Plateau to the dubious economics of the gas business makes no sense at all. "What are we going to leave for future generations?" he asks. "I'd like to see my grandkids enjoy half of what I've been able to enjoy. What kind of price can you put on that?"
The outfitter has made his living off the wild things in the canyons for years now, but he knows there are some things -- sights, smells, encounters, moments -- that are beyond price.
Former Rifle councilman Joe Clugston a regular visitor
to the Roan Plateau, says that widespread gas drilling
will bring roads, people and pollution -- and drive
wildlife from the area.