The Bureau of Land Management's decision late last week to seek additional environmental study of possible impacts of oil and gas exploration on the Roan Plateau has left energy interests fuming and sulking over the continued delays in tapping the area's rich gas reserves -- and enviro activists cru ... More >>
Editor's note: This election cycle, Westword is exploring the public records of television stations for information on how candidates are spending money on ads in Denver. Joe Coors, your average local candidate for Congress who is not a beer, appears to be trying to secure support from an unusual ... More >>
Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger threw yet another hurdle in the way of energy companies' efforts to begin widespread drilling on Colorado's Roan Plateau. The plan to tap into vast natural gas reserves in one of the state's wildest places has been subject to considerable monkey-wrench ... More >>
Ken Salazar.The long-awaited, much-debated Bureau of Land Management plan for oil-and-gas drilling on public lands in northwest Colorado has something in it to annoy everybody. In other words, it's the kind of classic, middle-of-the-road, concessions-to-all-sides-and-favoritism-toward-none c ... More >>
Susan MeyerWilliam Blake saw heaven in a wildflower. The energy industry sees nothing but trouble. Last week, a federal judge in Denver ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision not to declare an obscure plant as endangered was "arbitrary and capricious" -- a ruling that could ... More >>
"Come on. Won't somebody please ask me about oil and gas leases?"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says his energy plan will bring more certainty to the way public lands get leased and drilled, but it's hard to say who's paying attention. During a teleconference yesterday to announce the ... More >>
At 7:30 am Mountain Time on January 15, U.S. Senator Ken Salazar will sit down with his colleagues on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and seek their approval in his quest to become the next Secretary of the Interior. Expect our man to be grilled by Big Oil stooges eager to drill the hell ... More >>
The Roan wasn't built in a day. The long-awaited, much-contested auction of natural gas leases on the Roan Plateau gets underway August 14, with environmentalists gathering outside the Denver West Marriott to protest while energy companies inside slice up 55,186 acres overseen by the Bureau of Lan ... More >>
Keep plenty of correction tape handy. Whereas the Rocky Mountain News tends to make corrections at the drop of a hat (or the drop of an inaccurate claim that Barack Obama has dual Kenyan citizenship), the Denver Post is notoriously reluctant to fess up to an error in print. Until the August 13 iss ... More >>
It's official. The Bureau of Land Management announced Monday that it will auction gas leases on 55,000 acres on top of the Roan Plateau on August 14. And Governor Bill Ritter and Senator Ken Salazar, who've been battling the BLM plan for years, are more than a little exercised over the move. Altho ... More >>
Ali Hasan is young, rich and brash, and plans to follow in his parents' political footsteps cowboy boots and all.
The debate over gas drilling on the Roan Plateau has become one of the most intriguing and critical environmental battles in the West since the days of Two Forks. The recent acceleration of political maneuvering over the issue deserves close scrutiny, since the outcome will tell us a great deal abou ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter's colossal snit over long-brewing federal plans to drill the hell out of the Roan Plateau is just what Colorado needs right now: a Sagebrush Rebellion in reverse.
In the end, the plan for gas drilling on the Roan Plateau, one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the Western Slope, displeased just about everyone. Environmentalists, Senator Ken Salazar and an unusual coalition of local recreation and business interests wanted to leave the top of the platea ... More >>
Bush put former industry lobbyists in charge of public lands. Now a deal with a Wyoming rancher has the stewards running for cover.
Roan and Groan
From the week of October 7, 2004
From the week of January 15, 2004
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Rich in wildlife and natural resources, the Roan Plateau survived the last energy boom. Will this one destroy it?