Garfield County supports Roan-area drilling plan
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners signed a letter in support of Terra Energy’s proposed plan for the Balzac Gulch Phase II project, while noting concerns about visual impacts.
“This letter is well-written and I think it expresses our concerns about visual impact and mitigation,” Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said Monday as the commissioners offered comments on the plan.
In 2015, the Bureau of Land Management canceled 17 of the 19 natural gas leases on top of the Roan Plateau west of Rifle as part of a settlement negotiated between conservation groups and oil and gas leaseholders.
Numerous other leases at the base of the Roan were allowed to proceed under the deal, including ones now proposed for development by Terra Rocky Mountain.
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