BLM Considers Drilling Leases Near Rocky Mountain National Park

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management is considering leasing nearly 28,000 acres of land for oil and gas drilling in the Granby area near the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Daily Sentinelreports the Grand County land stretches from just west of Granby to beyond Hot Sulphur Springs, primarily to the north of the Colorado River. It’s part of a larger proposed lease sale of about 100,000 acres in five northwestern Colorado counties next spring.

Commissioners in Grand County, which doesn’t have any producing wells, are set to consider the proposal this week.

Assistant county manager Ed Moyer says it seems similar to a proposal commissioners opposed in 2008.

The BLM plans to issue an environmental assessment in November.

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One Comment

  1. Zig Pope says:

    No!!! NO!!! NO!!! Wake up people!!! The BLM is rogue and ONLY working for corporations and NOT taxpayers!!! They are allowing the theft of our natural resources as we are NOT getting appropriately paid. They are massacring our wildlife.

    PLEASE stop this!!!

  2. marlene says:

    Leave it alone its a national park and suppose to be protected !!!

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