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Sides weigh in on drilling options on Roan Plateau

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013

"Now, BLM has a second chance to give this crown jewel of Colorado's landscape the protection it deserves," conservation groups said Friday in a letter to the BLM.

David Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association, countered that Krieger's ruling only requires the agency to better explain its decision-making and potentially do more air quality analysis.

"In point of fact, more delay and new reams of analysis will not change certain basic realities: Western Colorado needs jobs and energy production from the Roan," he wrote in his own letter Friday.

Nevertheless, conservation groups including Earthjustice and Sierra Club are urging the BLM to consider canceling oil and gas leases on the plateau that were sold in 2008, after the BLM approved its drilling plan.