RIFLE — With energy development and environmental protection on the Roan Plateau as key concerns, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and Gov. Bill Ritter will fly over the Roan on Tuesday for an aerial briefing from natural resource and wildlife officials.
Following the fly-over, Sen. Salazar, Gov. Ritter and Colorado Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Harris Sherman will be available to answer questions from the media.
WHO: Sen. Salazar, Gov. Ritter and DNR Executive Director Harris Sherman
WHAT: Media availability following 90-minute aerial tour of Roan Plateau
WHEN: Approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2007
WHERE: Garfield County Airport
, Rifle Jet Center,
375 County Road
In a May 14 letter, Gov. Ritter requested that Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne grant Colorado an additional 120 days to review the Roan Plateau Management Resource Plan for oil and gas drilling atop the Roan Plateau. Secretary Kempthorne denied the request. Both Sen. Salazar and Gov. Ritter have expressed their extreme displeasure with the Secretary’s decision and are pursuing other options.