EERMA - Energy and Environment in the Rocky Mountain Area

The Energy and Environment in the Rocky Mountain Area (EERMA) project is composed of interdisciplinary U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists working to provide land management agencies and decision makers with synthesized information and comprehensive, virtual tools to promote understanding of the tradeoffs of energy development. Increased demand for energy is driving rapid development of oil and gas (including shale gas and coal-bed methane), uranium, geothermal, wind, and solar sources of energy throughout the western United States. Much of the development is occurring on public lands, including those under Federal and State jurisdictions. In Colorado and New Mexico, these public lands make up about 40 percent of the land area. Both of these states benefit from revenues generated by energy development, but resource managers and other decision makers must balance the benefits and potential effects of development 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 decision makers and resource managers. To address the need of providing coherent and easily accessible information regarding energy development, the EERMA team is developing a multi-step analytical process for estimating the outcomes and cumulative impacts of energy development in Colorado and New Mexico.

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