November 21, 2012
The BLM White River Field Office has announced it has extended the public comment period on its draft oil and gas resource management plan to January 28, 2013. This Field Office plan encompasses 1.7 million acres of subsurface mineral estate that BLM manages in Rio Blanco County, and in parts of Garfield and Moffat counties.
This area includes very important wildlife habitat. It is important that we all read the draft plan and comment. CWF will post our comments when they are prepared in advance of the January 28 deadline.
The draft and information about how to submit comments can be accessed at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo.html
BLM White River Field Office also will host an open house on December 3 from 5:00-7:00 pm in Meeker at its office located at 220 E. Market Street. The notice states the purpose of the open house is "to discuss wildlife protections proposed in the draft." Written comments will be accepted at the open house. The manager of the Field Office, Kent Walter, has stated, "We have proposed a number of incentive-based protections to minimize impacts from oil and gas development to wildlife."