Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Commissioners comment on oil and gas leasing proposals in Mesa County

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners this morning signed a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), regarding the BLM's proposal to offer 28 parcels totaling about 27,280 acres of federal minerals in northwestern Colorado in the December 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

The proposal includes 22,308 acres in various locations in Mesa County.

The letter states: "As the economic regional center for western Colorado and eastern Utah the Board wholeheartedly supports the multiple uses of BLM lands and resources. Oil and gas resource development in the region provides important economic benefits and impacts within Mesa County. Mesa County is the host community for northwest Colorado’s oil and gas work force, and many of its vendors, suppliers and service companies. The Lease Sale should positively impact ad valorem tax, severance tax, Federal Mineral Lease royalties, energy impact dollars, business personal property tax and sales taxes as well as the general economic health of our community."

To read the full letter, go here.


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