Gothic shale play in Southwestern Colorado is in the early stages of leasing, conservationists are using the lull in activity to plan


From the Cortez Journal (Nathalie Winch):

“I think it’s possible to have natural gas development and to do it right,” [San Juan Citizens Alliance’s leader Jimbo Buickerood] said. “I think it can be a helpful economic drive. I think we can protect the water and the air quality and wildlife values and take good care of resources, if there’s adequate structure and integrity to the plan the agency puts together.”

Buickerood supports a master leasing plan in order to make this happen. Ideally, he’d like everyone at the table for discussion, including the energy developers, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, citizens, environmentalists, etc.

A portion of the plan suggests fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, through shale within Dolores and Montezuma counties.

The public has until Nov. 25 to comment on this plan. Comments should be mailed to or SJPL Supplement Comments, Attn: Shannon Manfredi, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO, 81301-4216, or faxed to (970) 375-2331.

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