The long awaited Final BLM Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan (RMP) for over 675,800 surface acres and 971,220 acres of federal subsurface mineral estate within the Uncompahgre Planning Area was released on June 28, 2019, 3 years after the draft was released for public comment.
The Public Protest Period for this RMP ended on July 29th, but that is not the end of this process. The proposed RMP is a catastrophe for the North Fork and beyond. The RMP would open 95% of the federal mineral estate to oil and gas development, and remove protections for our watershed, our public health, wildlife resources, and climate that were proposed in the 2016 draft RMP. It is wildly inconsistent with several Colorado laws, policies and plans. While the protest period is over, we still have one more chance to provide input. That last chance is something called the Governor’s Consistency Review. The Governor has until August 29, 2019 to conduct a review of the RMP for consistency with State policies and plans, and to make a recommendation to the BLM. A No Oil and Gas Leasing Alternative is the only way to fully protect the community from harm.