Gardner Touts Anvil Points Money for Western Colorado

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today held a press conference in Grand Junction to tout the millions of dollars the Department of Interior will be distributing to Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat, and Mesa Counties. The long overdue funding is from the gas and oil lease revenues that were collected through 2008 to clean up the former Anvil Points federal oil shale research site. The money is excess funding that was never needed for cleanup purposes and was not returned to the local communities.


“I was thrilled to be in Grand Junction today with local leaders and county commissioners to tout the millions of dollars being returned to Colorado counties,” said Gardner. “I have worked to ensure this money would be returned to Colorado for years and I was excited to celebrate this success with our community on the Western Slope today. I appreciate Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt’s work to make this happen and know our local communities will benefit from this decision.”


For years, Gardner, along with Senator Bennet (D-CO) and Congressman Tipton (CO-3), worked to return the oil and gas lease revenues to Northwest Colorado. Most recently, they introduced an amendment in 2016 that would have forced the federal government to return the revenues. In 2017, Gardner and Bennet sent letters to Secretary Zinke urging him to pursue an administrative solution to provide the revenues.


The funding was officially announced in March. See the announcement here.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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