Corey Fisher and Trout Unlimited emailed me a while back, urging TU members to write their representatives in Congress about a proposed BLM plan to open up the Roan Plateau in Colorado for drilling. Two Colorado congressmen have come out against the plan and have asked for more study of the environmental impact of that drilling. For more on the Roan situation, check out the recent New West article.
I emailed Oregon congressman Peter DeFazio and here is his response to my letter:
Thank you for contacting me about an amendment on the Interior Appropriations bill that would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from expending funds for oil and gas leasing on public lands on the Roan Plateau in Colorado. I appreciate hearing from you.Although I am not opposed to all oil and gas leasing on public lands, it must occur only after the environmental and public reviews called for under federal law. Often this review process will reveal that the leasing should not occur at all. Without the review process, however, sensitive lands could be irreversibly damaged.
I am concerned that this exact situation may be occurring on the Roan Plateau. Therefore, if it is offered, I plan to support the Salazar/Udall Amendment that would prohibit the BLM from spending money on a project that has not been adequately studied by the agency or the public.