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RIFLE — After a 2½-hour aerial tour of the Roan Plateau and northwest Colorado, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and Gov.
"Today's tour was a great opportunity to see all of the areas where energy development is occurring, to see what the impacts are and to get a sense for what the future impacts might be," Gov. Ritter said. "There is so much development happening now, and much more that is planned, that 120 days is a reasonable request. There's no reason to rush the leasing or drilling of the Roan."
Currently, 4,000 to 5,000 drills are extracting oil and gas from northwest
Joining Gov. Ritter and Sen. Salazar on the helicopter tour was Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and Kimberly Kaal, the Colorado Division of Wildlife's energy liaison. In addition to the Roan, they flew over the
Gov. Ritter asked the federal Bureau of Land Management in March for 120 days to review the Roan resources management plan, which was crafted under the Owens administration. The BLM and Department of Interior denied the request in June. Sen. Salazar is scheduled to meet with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne later this month and will ask the Secretary to reconsider Gov. Ritter's request.
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