Less than a decade ago, an oil and gas boom in Colorado started to fire up... and with it came strong opinions on all sides. One of the first major controversies was over the Roan Plateau, a sweeping mesa in Garfield County. The discord centered on a Congressional mandate to drill-- and worries that doing so would destroy world class hunting and fishing, and the local economy. Colorado’s governor and two senators weighed in, and the Rifle area was featured in the documentary GasLand.
A U.S. District judge is expected to issue a ruling soon on the ongoing lawsuit over oil and gas drilling on Colorado’s Roan plateau. Environmental groups are trying to block the drilling, and say federal regulators failed to fully examine the risks to wildlife and air quality.