On the morning of August 14, the BLM auctioned gas leases on 31 parcels of the majestic Roan Plateau. In December, Governor Ritter proposed a good plan that would have offered necessary protections for wildlife and produced greater revenue for the state. The plan provided for phased leasing. Senator Salazar and Representatives Udall and Salazar also wrote bills that were similar to the Governor’s plan. The BLM brushed aside the Governor’s plan and has auctioned 31 parcels for gas leases. The Colorado Wildlife Federation filed a protest in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation on July 30.