I wrote a column a few weeks back about how legislation for the Roan could be more far-reaching in terms of protection than previous compromises from Governor Bill Ritter. Udall's comments, printed in the Grand Junction Sentinel, seem supportive toward a stricter level of management and a slower pace for development:
I am waiting to hear from Udall and Senator Salazar's offices for more details.
"We can afford to wait,” said Udall, who flew over the Roan during his visit to Grand Junction.
Given the thousands of acres that the Bureau of Land Management has leased to energy companies, there should be no rush for the federal government to parcel out the federal lands atop the Roan for drilling, he said.
The five-term congressman and U.S. Senate candidate said he hopes Congress will agree with him, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., and Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., to adopt a plan to require the BLM to incrementally lease the Roan.
“If we protect the Roan today, the gas is not going anywhere,” Udall said.
The Sentinel also quotes Dick Wadhams, Bob Schaffer's campaign chief, trying to portray Udall as flip-flopping his position on the Roan. The claim, which I also covered in the column, is pretty ridiculous, especially considering Schaffer and Wadhams didn't speak up for the Roan until the feds released their final decision to move forward with drilling.