Assessing effects of energy development in Colorado and New Mexico

Product Type: 

Fact Sheet

Year: 

2011

Author(s): 

Carr, N.B., J.E. Diffendorfer, N.E. Latysh, K.J. Leib, A.-M. Matherne, and C. Turner

Suggested Citation: 

Carr, N.B., J.E. Diffendorfer, N.E. Latysh, K.J. Leib, A.-M. Matherne, and C. Turner. 2011. Assessing effects of energy development in Colorado and New Mexico. Fact Sheet 2011–3053. U.S. Geological Survey. 2 p.

Increased demand for energy is driving rapid development of oil and gas, uranium, geothermal, wind, and solar sources of energy throughout the Western United States. Much of the energy development is occurring on public lands, which represents about 40 percent of Colorado and New Mexico. The economies of both States benefit from the revenues produced by the development of their abundant energy resources. Resource managers and other decisionmakers must balance the benefits with their potential effects on historic, scenic, recreational, and ecological resources. Although past studies have assessed some effects of energy development, the information has not yet been synthesized to make it useful to decisionmakers and resource managers...