Today, Rep. John Salazar applauded the passage of the Energy Independence Act of 2007 that protects the top of the Roan Plateau and moves the United States toward greater energy independence and security.
The Energy Independence Act protects the Roan Plateau by including No Surface Occupancy (NSO) language. This will allow BLM to receive royalty and bonus bids, and will allow the industry to extract the minerals but will not allow any drilling on the federal lands atop the Roan Plateau. Rep. Mark Udall worked closely with Rep. Salazar to develop the NSO language. With House passage of the Energy Bill and the Roan language moves to conference with the Senate.
"Balancing our nation's resource development is a critical issue facing Congress. While I was pleased to learn that the Interior Department finally decided to delay leasing the top of the Roan Plateau, I believe we must continue to strike balance and the language protecting the top of the Roan in the energy bill does just that," said Rep. Salazar. "I was proud to work with Rep. Udall to reach a responsible alternative that protects the vast public lands atop the Roan Plateau."
Salazar continued, "Governor Ritter, dozens of local elected officials, and the thousands of constituents who have contacted my office, should be proud today. They spoke out and their voices were heard with the passage of the Energy Bill and the protections for the Roan Plateau."
This legislation also includes over $2 billion in the energy title of the 2007 Farm Bill - that Congressman Salazar has been working on since January - that will go to development of cellulosic ethanol, bio-diesel, and other alternative fuels. Grants and loans will be available for the research and development of infrastructure to move forward with renewable fuels, leading the United States away from dependence on foreign resources.