To drill or not to drill in Colorado

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 29, 2009 5:49 pm


The Roan Plateau is a gorgeous stretch of terrain in Colorado. It’s full of pure, beautiful, mountain scenery. There aren’t many places like this around anymore, especially in the Western U.S.

The Plateau has something else that’s pretty valuable too. Natural gas. There’s a great deal of it under the Plateau, and energy companies are frothing at the mouth for it. Thus, a fight has developed. To drill or not to drill the Roan Plateau?

The Bill Barrett Corporation is a Denver based energy company that holds the drilling rights to the Plateau, and Duane Zavadil is the vice president: “What is really special about the Roan Plateau, these lands in particular, is the incredible energy density beneath it.” 

This fight goes straight to the top. When Bush was president, he gave several oil and gas companies the rights to lands in Utah and Colorado, including 36,000 acres of Roan. Ken Salazar, the current interior secretary plans on investigating matters of disputed land leases and eventually settling them—but for the time being, he plans on upholding the rights of the Bill Barrett Corporation in Colorado.

Is it worth destroying/exploiting natural and endangered American beauty for natural gas? We’ll see how this one pans out…