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.
Business is booming at cattle sales yards throughout Colorado. That’s not so good though for western slope ranchers. Last year's dry winter combined with an ongoing drought are forcing many ranchers to sell more than they like.