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2008-09-01 03:00:11

By Anonymous Roan Plateau lease sales set record The Roan Plateau lease sales netted $113.9 million, making it the highest grossing onshore oil and natural gas lease sale in Bureau of Land Management history in the lower 48 states. A total of 54,631 acres in 31 parcels were sold. The previous high for an oil and natural gas lease sale in Colorado was $11.8 million during February 2006. The state will receive 49 percent of the lease sale proceeds, as well as 49 percent of future...

2008-08-15 09:00:39

By Todd Hartman The long-debated sale of 54,631 acres of natural gas leases on the Roan Plateau in western Colorado netted a continental U.S. record $114 million Thursday, but that figure came as a stunning disappointment to state and industry leaders. And it was far below the more ambitious predictions of energy boosters. Gov. Bill Ritter and an industry group both called it a dismal day for Colorado - but each cited different reasons for why sales on the gas-rich Roan failed to live...

2008-08-15 09:00:38

The anticipated boom from new energy leases on the Roan Plateau wasn't entirely a bust. That said, any visions of Colorado reaping a billion-dollar windfall in the near future from bonus payments were dashed when the final tally in Thursday's Bureau of Land Management auction reached only $114 million. Colorado will split revenues with the federal government, leaving the state with less than $60 million from the auction - but only after thousands of protests against drilling are resolved....

2008-08-15 09:00:38

By Burt Hubbard Democrats and Republicans alike agreed Thursday the state was shortchanged hundreds of millions of dollars on the Roan Plateau energy lease auction. But both sides point the finger at each other as the reason why. Gov. Bill Ritter and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar blasted the Bush administration for rushing to lease the 55,000 acres on the Roan all at once at depressed prices. "Today the administration and the BLM turned their backs yet again on Western Slope communities,"...

2008-08-15 00:00:34

By Burt Hubbard Today's sale of gas leases on the Roan Plateau could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for new state funds for cash- strapped colleges and towns reeling from the West Slope drilling frenzy. However, one state lawmaker and some industry officials said bid prices may fall short of expectations because of pending protests on drilling in the scenic wilderness area and federal and state restrictions. The Bureau of Land Management this morning will culminate years of...

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2008-08-03 13:47:16

Look into "deep time" sheds light on period considered analogous to today's climate Geoscientists have long presumed that, like today, the tropics remained warm throughout Earth's last major glaciation 300 million years ago. New evidence, however, indicates that cold temperatures in fact episodically gripped these equatorial latitudes at that time. Geologist Gerilyn Soreghan of Oklahoma University found evidence for this conclusion in the preservation of an ancient glacial landscape in the...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

Gov. Bill Ritter's administration, along with thousands of others, submitted protests Wednesday to the Bureau of Land Management over a federal plan to open public land on the Roan Plateau near Rifle to natural gas extraction. Opponents turned in more than 17,000 protests and said it shows that local communities want stronger protection for the Roan, a region treasured by hunters and environmentalists that also is a vast storehouse for natural gas. The BLM is offering oil and gas leases...

2008-07-22 09:00:40

By Ed Sealover State Senate Republicans vowed to try to cut gas prices Monday by easing restrictions on drilling near wildlife and by fighting efforts to slow exploration of the Roan Plateau. Gov. Bill Ritter and a key Senate Democrat argued, however, that oil and gas production is on the rise and the restrictions that are in place serve as a balance between the industry and the environment. Monday's news conference was the first organized effort by GOP legislators to address what has...

2008-07-14 09:00:35

By Philip Johnson I am writing in response to the June 25 Rocky Mountain News article, "Changes in drilling rules irk industry."The article should have given, at the very least, the facts about what's at stake. Right now, we're in the position to decide how environmentally protective oil and gas companies should be when drilling in the wild areas of Colorado or if they should even be leasing these wild areas such as the Roan Plateau.About 212 million barrels of oil (10 days' worth of...

2008-06-15 09:00:11

Imagine - environmentalists and water users, as well as state and federal governments, actually agreeing on a compromise over the water flowing through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. If accepted by a state water court judge, the 30-year squabble will end in an agreement that allows annual peak flows and shoulder flows - tied to natural runoff - plus a year-round base flow of 300 cubic feet per second. It's a good accord - too bad it took so much litigation to get the parties...