November 17, 2012
On November 16, 2012 Colorado BLM (and its Royal Gorge Field Office) has deferred the 6 South Park parcels from its February 2013 oil and gas lease auction. CWF applauds this decision. We ask again that the BLM use this opportunity to engage in full planning for South Park before leasing. CWF is not anti-energy development. But the unique, very high value resources -- wildlife, water quality, geology, a major source of drinking water for the metro area -- all must be fully factored in before leasing, if Colorado is to remain one of the best places to live. South Park offers outstanding, unparalleled wildlife recreation access within a 90-minute drive from a major metropolitan area.
In its Response to public comments (Attachment F), BLM states "All February 2013 lease parcels within Park County have been deferred for further analysis because of inter-related and overlapping resource concerns identified by internal analysis and public comment...."
The topics (factors) listed by BLM include water quality, visual resources, wildlife, socio-economic, traffic, fracking, recreation, noise, and cultural resources.
Below is the link to the November 17 Denver Post article by Bruce Finley: