Rocky Mountain Energy Resource Development:

Status, Potential, and Socioeconomic Issues

EMD-77-23: Published: Jul 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1977.

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Rapid and extensive development of the uranium, oil shale, and coal resources in the relatively sparsely populated Rocky Mountain States may have profound socioeconomic and environmental effects on the area.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: The Undersecretaries Group for Regional Operations should: (1) take whatever action may be necessary to open and staff an office where state and local officials can obtain advice on the availability of federal assistance programs and, if necessary, assistance in applying for such aid; (2) monitor and periodically evaluate the work of the office and the need for additional federal assistance to Rocky Mountain State and local communities affected by energy development; and (3) direct that any such office established by the group prepare an annual report to the President evaluating the need for additional federal assistance. Although the need for additional federal assistance at this time has not been demonstrated, if the Congress wishes to further help Rocky Mountain communities, any such assistance should be contingent on the states taking actions to meet a minimum level of assistance to communities affected by energy development and on the states developing plans to systematically deal with the impacts. The states should be required to clearly demonstrate in these plans that the assistance would actually be used to help energy-affected communities.


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