Environmentalists introduce agenda


Environmentalists introduce agenda

Wishes include green programs paid for by co-ops
Groups want reversal of policies that favor gas, oil production

Forty environmental groups want President-elect Barack Obama to reverse policies that favor gas and oil production, including the decision to allow drilling in the HD Mountains.

In a letter dated Dec. 18 and released this week, the groups asked Obama to overturn several policies from the George W. Bush administration that directed federal agencies to devote their attention to gas and oil drilling. They also want pro-energy decisions reversed in several specific locations, including the HDs south of Bayfield. The letter also mentions two other Colorado areas: the Roan Plateau near Rifle and the Vermillion Basin in Northwest Colorado.

Durango’s San Juan Citizens Alliance was one of the groups that signed the letter.

The groups praised Obama’s selection of U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., as Interior secretary.

"His extensive knowledge of Western public lands and water are absolutely necessary to enable real stewardship of these lands," said Suzanne O’Neill, executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation.

Salazar’s confirmation hearing at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled Thursday at 7:30 a.m.



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