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June 8, 2005

Environmental group says Roan EIS is flawed
Drilling projections in the Roan Plateau draft environmental impact statement are flawed because of outdated information, the Campaign to Save the Roan Plateau says.

The coalition of environmental groups and concerned residents has formally requested the Bureau of Land Management re-examine its data on natural gas drilling in the Roan Plateau draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement.

In a letter to the BLM dated June 2, the group said the EIS underestimates the amount of energy development likely to occur on the Roan Plateau because it used dated information. The request, which the group filed under the Data Quality Act, asks the BLM to use "accurate, updated, and forward-looking information to provide the public and decision-makers with clear depiction of likely energy development in the Roan Plateau."

Steve Bennett, assistant field manager with the BLM in Glenwood Springs, acknowledged the office received the request and will respond to it by Friday.

"We're not ready to respond to it yet. We're looking it over," he said. "We will prepare a response within the next couple days ... We haven't decided how we will respond yet, and until we have that discussion, I can't say anything."
(From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)