oil and gas

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  • Commissioners hesitant to place tax burden on local workers
  • Want to allocate potential tax revenue for specific purpose


  • Montezuma County Commissioners reiterate their opposition to a Master Leasing Plan to further regulate oil and gas development on BLM lands, draft letter stating their position.


  • Cortez City Council takes first step toward formally supporting the creation of a master leasing plan for oil and gas development, and approves agreement with Empire Electric Association to begin hanging its telecommunications fiber.


  • Ambulance bay aesthetics prompts a lengthy debate Tuesday at the Cortez City Council meeting.
  • Announcement that the Bureau of Land Management had deferred three leases for oil and gas development near Chaco Canyon was premature.

  • For a third time, the Bureau of Land Management has deferred a controversial sale of three oil and gas lease parcels for fracking near Chaco Canyon.
  • Drought is the key factor driving an historic outbreak of spruce beetles in the San Juan Mountains.


  • Timing and extent of Bureau of Land Management Master Leasing Plan questioned at public meeting.

The BLM Master Leasing Plan: What Is At Stake

Mar 14, 2016
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The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of developing a Master Leasing Plan for development in southwestern Colorado. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Michal Rosenoer, West Slope Field Manager with Conservation Colorado, about what is at stake in this planning process, and how you can get involved.

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The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of creating a Master Leasing Plan to help manage development of BLM lands in southwest Colorado. Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly talk with Shannon Borders, public affairs specialist for the BLM, about what the MLP is about, how the process works, and how the public can weigh in on the plan.

  • Public comments received so far regarding the idea of a Master Leasing Plan in Southwest Colorado have overwhelmingly supported it.


  • The adoption of a resolution designed to protect the Phil's World bicycle system from oil and gas development will wait a little longer.

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