Garfield County commissioners are supporting a proposed Bureau of Land Management plan for oil shale
development in three states.
The commissioners got an early look at the BLM's alternative draft management proposal and voted unanimously to support it this week.
Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says the proposal would cut 421 square miles from the proposed 3,125 square miles
allocated for possible oil shale development in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.
The biggest area removed would be the 182-square-mile Adobe Town area in Wyoming.
Jankovsky says wilderness study areas and areas of critical environmental concern are also being excluded.
The BLM hopes to release its draft plan to the public around the end of the year.